Infective Endocarditis: A Review of the Past and Present, and a Look into the Future
Infective endocarditis is a lethal and challenging multifaceted disease that can involve any vascularized system. We believe that multimodality imaging is invaluable to provide a comprehensive diagnosis. Our management approach to infective endocarditis adheres to a combination of the AHA, ACC, STS, and ESC guidelines. With the rapidly increasing transcatheter valve population, we expect an increased caseload of infective endocarditis. Beyond patients with hemorrhagic strokes, we advocate for early surgery if medical management has failed. Furthermore, a multidisciplinary team approach is imperative in infective endocarditis, and clear communication reduces the time to diagnosis and definitive treatment for this patient population.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA
Publication date: January 1, 2017