Cardiovascular & Hematological Disorders-Drug Targets

(Formerly Current Drug Targets - Cardiovascular & Hematological Disorders)

Garry X. Shen  
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB
Canada

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Prevention of Bacterial Endocarditis

Author(s): Elias E. Mazokopakis, Christos M. Karefilakis, Ioannis K. Starakis.

Abstract:

Infective endocarditis (IE) is a rare but severe disease with high mortality, and results most often from the combination of bacteraemia and a predisposing cardiac condition. American Heart Association (AHA) and other national and international organizations have made recommendations for the prevention of IE, although no randomised clinical trial has confirmed its efficacy. The current tendencies of IE prophylaxis, based on 2007 AHA guidelines and recent medical bibliography are presented in our review.

Keywords: Endocarditis, prevention

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Article Details

VOLUME: 9
ISSUE: 4
Year: 2009
Page: [236 - 239]
Pages: 4
DOI: 10.2174/1871529X10909040236
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