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Endocarditis

Surgery May Boost Survival with Dangerous Heart Condition

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Heart valve replacement is better than drugs alone for some endocarditis patients, researchers say

TUESDAY, Nov. 22 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with a condition called infective endocarditis, coupled with heart failure, heart valve surgery can reduce the risk of dying by nearly two-thirds, a new study suggests.

Infective endocarditis, an infection of the lining of the heart that often includes the heart valves, has been associated with a high risk of death. Previous studies have found that...

Heart valve replacement is better than drugs alone for some endocarditis patients, researchers say

TUESDAY, Nov. 22 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with a condition called infective endocarditis, coupled with heart failure, heart valve...

Early Surgery for Heart Infections May Reduce Serious Complications

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American Heart Association Late-Breaking Clinical Trial Report - Abstract: 18470 - EMBARGOED UNTIL 8AM ET

November 16, 2011

Study Highlights:Early surgery for infective endocarditis eliminated some complications and repeat infections.Early surgery along with antibiotics is a viable alternative to standard treatment, which includes surgery only for patients who develop life-threatening complications or don’t respond to antibiotics. 

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