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Pulling Problem Teeth Before Heart Surgery to Prevent Infection May Be Catch-22

Patients with dental extractions before cardiac surgery still at risk for poor outcomes, study finds   Rochester, Minn. — Feb. 27, 2014 — To pull or not to pull? That is a common question when patients have the potentially dangerous combination of abscessed or infected teeth and the need for heart surgery.  [...]

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Endocarditis

You may be familiar with sinus or ear infections, but did you know you can get a heart infection?  H.R. Vikram, M.D., an infectious diseases specialist at Mayo Clinic says endocarditis refers to an infection of the inner lining of the heart and the cardiac valves.  It can be treated, but first [...]

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