High BMI and Longevity; Infective Endocarditis in Young Whites; Damar Hamlin Update
(MedPage Today) -- A higher body mass index (BMI) and lower waist circumference were causally associated with longevity for people older than 80, according to a Mendelian randomization study. (European Heart Journal) Disrupted deep sleep, captured... (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - April 23, 2024 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

FDA Approves New Antibiotic for Three Different Uses
The FDA approved a new antibiotic for the treatment of certain patients with Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections, including those with right-sided infective endocarditis; acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections; and community-acquired bacterial pneumonia. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - April 3, 2024 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: FDA Source Type: news

Groups aim to standardize nuclear medicine imaging of CV infections
Eleven medical associations have released guidance on the use of PET/CT and SPECT/CT for patients with cardiovascular (CV) infections. The recommendations could improve patient care, as current clinical tools are often insufficient in complicated cases, noted lead author of the guidance Jamieson Bourque, MD, of the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville. The document was published jointly March 11 in the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology, Clinical Infectious Diseases, the Heart Rhythm Journal, and JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. “The stakes are high with cardiovascular infection because the incidence is incr...
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - March 15, 2024 Category: Radiology Authors: Will Morton Tags: Molecular Imaging Source Type: news

Drug-Related Endocarditis: A First Stab at Recommendations for Surgeons
(MedPage Today) -- SAN ANTONIO -- In response to the opioid epidemic, a primer to treating infective endocarditis (IE) specifically related to drug use was released by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). A workforce on the surgical management... (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - January 30, 2024 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

When Should We Consider A Rickettsial Disease?
Discussion Rickettsioses are “small, obligate intracellular, gram-negative, aerobic coccobacillary α-proeobacteria” from the genuses Rickettsia, Anaplasma, Coxiella, Ehrlichia, and Orientia genuses. Often they cause limited health problems but can cause severe disease and death. They present with a fever and other non-specific signs and symptoms, usually with a rash and lymphadenopathy. Other problems can include: Cardiac – endocarditis, myocarditis, pericarditis Gastrointestinal – abdominal pain, acute abdomen, cholecystitis, hepatitis, pancreatitis Heme/Lymph – hemophagocytosis, lymph...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - December 18, 2023 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

1999 to 2020 Saw Decrease in Mortality Due to Infective Endocarditis
THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2023 -- From 1999 to 2020, there was a decrease in the rate of mortality due to infective endocarditis (IE) overall, but a significant acceleration was seen for those aged 25 to 44 years, according to a study published online Dec.... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 14, 2023 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Drug Abuse Is Fueling Surge in Heart Infections Among Young Americans
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2023 -- While rates of a deadly heart infection are dropping generally across the United States, a new report finds one exception: Young adults.In that group, rates of infective endocarditis are rising, probably fueled by a... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 13, 2023 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

How Many Diphtheria Vaccines are Currently Licensed in the US?
Discussion Diphtheria is caused by the toxin produced by Corynebacterium diphtheriae. Two other Corynebacterium species (C. ulcerans and C. pseudotuberculosis) may produce diphtheria toxin; both species are zoonotic. Diphtheria is spread by respiratory droplets and also contact with open ulcers or sores. Incubation period is 1-10 days with a usual period of 2-5 days. The bacteria attacks the respiratory tract mucosa causing cellular death which in turn causes a “pseudomembrane” of tissue to build up causing respiratory distress and possible death due to airway obstruction (5-10% for general population but up to...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 25, 2023 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

New ESC Guidelines for Infective Endocarditis New ESC Guidelines for Infective Endocarditis
Endocarditis can present with many different clinical scenarios, so making the diagnosis can be challenging, says a co-chair of newly issued European guidelines for managing this disease.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - August 27, 2023 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Bacterial Endocarditis Following COVID-19 Infection Bacterial Endocarditis Following COVID-19 Infection
Was bacterial endocarditis in these two patients with COVID-19 secondary to the immunocompromising effect of tocilizumab?Journal of Medical Case Reports (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - August 1, 2023 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Recent infective endocarditis research findings suggest dentists prescribe prophylactic antibiotics for patients having a bicuspid aortic valve or mitral valve prolapse
Conclusions: Patients having either a BAV or MVP are at significant risk of developing IE and suffering serious sequelae including death. The ESC guidelines must reclassify these specific cardiac anomalies into the " high risk " category so that AP are recognized as being needed prior to provision of HRDP.  (Source: Dental Technology Blog)
Source: Dental Technology Blog - June 28, 2023 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

NT-proBNP for All; Risky Weekend HF Admits; Ticagrelor for Infective Endocarditis?
(MedPage Today) -- Could NT-proBNP have prognostic value across the ambulatory population without prior cardiovascular disease? (Journal of the American Heart Association) Meta-analysis confirms that plant-based diets are associated with reduced... (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - May 30, 2023 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Infective Endocarditis: What It Is, Symptoms and Treatments
TUESDAY, April 25, 2023 -- Imagine getting your tooth extracted and a bacterial infection develops afterwards that travels down to your heart. Known as infective endocarditis, or bacterial endocarditis, it happens more often than you might think and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 25, 2023 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Low Lead Extraction Rates With Endocarditis Raise Alarm
(MedPage Today) -- Relatively few infective endocarditis patients with implanted cardiac devices have their leads extracted as recommended, despite low complication rates, a national study showed. Transvenous lead extraction occurred in 11.5... (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - April 24, 2023 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news