Management of Infective Endocarditis in People Who Inject Drugs American College of Cardiology

by lindsey • June 8, 2021

Infective endocarditis, also called bacterial endocarditis, is an infection caused by bacteria that enter the bloodstream and settle in the heart lining, a heart valve or a blood vessel. IE is uncommon, but people with some heart conditions have a greater risk of developing it. When suspicious for IE, TTE is sensitive for detecting vegetations […]

The Intravenous Drug User with a Big Heart PMC

by Olivier Roth • June 7, 2021

Mature vegetations consist of an amalgamation of inflammatory cells, fibrin, platelets, and erythrocyte debris. The initial platelet-fibrin clot provides a nidus for bacterial adherence and further platelet aggregation. Confocal laser scanning microscopic analysis of infected valve tissue demonstrates bacterial biofilms embedded with platelet collections. †North Carolina population as per US Census Bureau estimates of residents […]