Navigation Links
For Most, Good Oral Care Does More Than Antibiotics to Prevent Dental-Related Heart Problems, Reports the Harvard Heart Letter
Date:10/4/2007

BOSTON, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Since the 1950s, the American Heart Association (AHA) has urged a sizable group of people to take antibiotics before having dental work or other procedures that might flood the bloodstream with bacteria. The antibiotics were supposed to prevent infective endocarditis, a potentially serious infection of the heart's lining. After a look at the latest evidence, the AHA now emphasizes routine oral care and recommends pre-procedure antibiotics for only some people, reports the October 2007 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter.

Infective endocarditis occurs when bacteria invade the innermost layer of the heart's chambers. It isn't common, but it is hard to get rid of and potentially deadly. It can make heart tissue prone to other infections, damage heart valves, and lead to heart failure, stroke, or heart rhythm problems. The organisms that kick off endocarditis live in your mouth, among other places in the body. Having a tooth pulled, gum surgery, or other dental work causes a temporary spike in the number of bacteria in the bloodstream.

Even so, no large trials have tested whether taking antibiotics before dental work actually prevents endocarditis. If antibiotics do help, the effect is so small that the risk of side effects from the medication outweighs the benefits for most people, explains the Harvard Heart Letter.

The AHA now says you need antibiotics before dental procedures only if you have an artificial heart valve, you've had endocarditis before, or you've had a heart transplant and developed a valve problem. Some people who were born with heart problems may also need antibiotics depending on whether and how the defects were repaired.

Also in this issue:

-- Driving with a defibrillator

-- Interval training and the heart

-- Acupuncture and blood pressure

-- Beans lower cholesterol

-- Ask the Doctor: Does Fosamax cause atrial fibrillation? Can I fly with

heart failure?

The Harvard Heart Letter is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $28 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/heart or by calling 1-877-649-9457 (toll free).

Media: Contact Christine Junge at Christine_Junge@hms.harvard.edu for a complimentary copy of the newsletter, or to receive our press releases directly.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Harvard Heart Letter
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Antibiotics Dont Prevent Future Urinary Tract Infections, May Cause Resistance in Future Infections
2. Targanta Reports Improved Ability of Oritavancin to Stop Bacteria Growth In Vitro Compared With Other Glycopeptide Antibiotics
3. Phase III Trial Results Show Superiority of Rivaroxaban over Enoxaparin for the Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism in Patients Undergoing Knee Replacement Surgery
4. Phase III Trial Results Show Superiority of Rivaroxaban over Enoxaparin for the Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism in Patients Undergoing Knee Replacement Surgery
5. Peer Reviewed Journal Article Indicates Repros Proellex Exhibits Potential for New Approach to the Treatment and Prevention of Breast Cancer
6. Vaccine Can Prevent Cervical Cancer and Precancerous Lesions
7. Insmed Inc. Welcomes Studies Linking IGFBP-3 to Prevention of Blindness in Premature Infants
8. Accera, Inc. Announces Open-Label Data from Phase II Study in Alzheimers Disease at International Conference on Prevention of Dementia
9. At the 2007 Alzheimers Association International Conference on the Prevention of Dementia - Neurochems U.S. Principal Investigator Presents Update on Tramiprosate (Alzhemed)
10. Frova Phase III Study Data Demonstrates That Short-Term Prevention Treatment Reduces Frequency and Severity of Menstrual Migraine
11. New Research Confirms the Benefit of Extended-Release Dipyridamole Plus ASA for Preventing Recurrent Stroke in Low- and High-Risk Patients
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/12/2017)... , May 12, 2017  The China and ... washing technology that consumes less water, energy and detergent, and features ... first product LaughingU, a shoebox-sized washing machine that washes and sanitizes ... ... Product, LaughingU, is compact, and does not require an external water ...
(Date:5/10/2017)... 10, 2017 Radiology has become the number ... have also spiraled to the number one ranking as ... than ever before as the most complete and reliable ... with lower back pain an MRI may confirm a ... pain, resulting in entirely different treatment protocols.  In these ...
(Date:5/9/2017)...  Semler Scientific, Inc. (OTCQB: SMLR), an emerging ... the clinical effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare providers, ... ended March 31, 2017. "We ... identify when preventive care options are appropriate, which ... attacks or strokes occur," said Doug Murphy-Chutorian ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... May 24, 2017 , ... Adelberg-Montalvan Pediatric Dentistry ... for its patients on Long Island, New York. , Holistic dentistry puts ... is one of the biggest trends in dentistry today. , Dentist Dr. ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... May 24, 2017 , ... Dymedix® Diagnostics, Inc., ... today it had completed the first phase of building a global distribution network. ... of world (ROW) authorized dealers specializing in polysomnography accessories. The company plans ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... ... May 23, 2017 , ... Cambridge, MA, May 23, 2017—Total ... according to a Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) study, a contrast from the ... System: CompScope™ Benchmarks, 17th Edition looks at indemnity and medical payments for ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... ... May 23, 2017 , ... The Gallery of Cosmetic ... is pleased to announce a new treatment option called Vivace Microneedling. This treatment ... neck, and body through a virtually pain-free, non-surgical treatment. Vivace Microneedling combines a ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... SC (PRWEB) , ... May 23, 2017 , ... New ... Dr. Kevin Hogan, an experienced dentist practicing in Mt. Pleasant, SC, with or without ... is often recommended for patients with missing teeth in Charleston, SC. Those ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):