Posts Tagged ‘endocarditis’

February 27th, 2014

Tooth Extraction Prior to Cardiac Surgery May Not Be a Good Idea

People with an infected or abscessed tooth are at elevated risk for cardiovascular disease. They are at particular risk for developing a serious infection during surgery, including endocarditis. Because of this risk, in order to reduce the risk of infection many patients undergo dental extraction prior to having a planned cardiac surgery. Now, however, a […]

July 15th, 2013

No Mortality Benefit for Surgery in Prosthetic Valve Endocarditis

In the first five years after valve replacement approximately 3-6% of patients will develop prosthetic valve endocarditis (PVE). These patients are much more likely to die. Now a large observational study — the first of its type — has found that surgery is no better than medical therapy in reducing mortality in these patients. The report from the ICE-PCD […]