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Heart surgeons have seen a disturbing trend over the past decade: more and younger patients with infective endocarditis requiring heart surgery. Infective endocarditis is an infection caused by bacteria that get into the bloodstream and settle in the heart lining or a heart valve. IV drug use can introduce aggressive bacteria that can quickly and severely injure heart valves.
Juan Crestanello, M.D., a Mayo Clinic cardiovascular surgeon, has insights into this trend. Dr. Crestanello is senior author on a multicenter study that looked at nearly 35,000 valve operations for infective endocarditis from 2011 to 2018.
Study highlights include:
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