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Opioid Abuse Fueling Drug-Related Heart Infections: Study

Posted 1 Sep 2016 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 – The number of Americans hospitalized with heart infections caused by use of injected opioid drugs is on the rise, a new study indicates. Researchers from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston said the finding is a disturbing outgrowth of a rising tide of opioid addiction in the United States. For the study, the researchers reviewed U.S. hospital admissions for infective endocarditis, a sometimes deadly infection of the heart valves. Although people born with abnormal valves and older adults with valve problems are at added risk for the condition, it can also result from injecting drugs. Injections can introduce bacteria into the bloodstream, the researchers said. In 2013, 12 percent of hospitalizations for infective endocarditis were related to injection drug use, compared to 7 percent in 2000, the study team found. The actual number of cases rose to ... Read more

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Limited Use of Antibiotics OK for Dental Patients: Study

Posted 15 Jun 2012 by

FRIDAY, June 15 – New U.S. guidelines recommending limited use of antibiotics in dental patients have not led to an increase in cases of the heart condition infective endocarditis, a new study says. The number of cases has actually decreased since the American Heart Association guidelines were introduced in 2007, researchers found. Infective endocarditis is a bacterial infection of the heart lining, valves or blood vessels. It can occur when bacteria enter the bloodstream through wounds in the gums that arise during invasive dental procedures such as a tooth extraction. Left untreated, the infection can cause death. Previously, many patients received preventive antibiotics before having dental procedures. The new guidelines advised that patients take antibiotics before dental procedures only if they are at risk from infective endocarditis. These patients include those with artificial ... Read more

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Bacteria From Mouth Can Lead to Heart Inflammation: Study

Posted 26 Mar 2012 by

MONDAY, March 26 – A type of bacteria from the mouth can cause blood clots and lead to serious heart problems if it enters the bloodstream, a new study indicates. The bacteria, called Streptococcus gordonii, contributes to plaque that forms on the surface of teeth. If the bacteria enters the bloodstream through bleeding gums, it can cause problems by masquerading as human proteins, the researchers found. The study authors, from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, discovered that S. gordonii can produce a molecule on its surface that enables it to mimic the human protein fibrinogen, which is a blood-clotting factor. This activates platelets (cells that are found in blood and involved in clotting) and causes them to clump inside blood vessels. The resulting blood clots encase the bacteria, protecting the invader from the immune ... Read more

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