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  • Bacteria in the aorta

    I was just wondering if anyone has ever had bacteria in the aorta? Or if anyone has ever heard of this? If so what is done to take care of this, and what is the recovery process like?

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    Re: Bacteria in the aorta

    Bryan, sounds like the doctors have a bit more explaining to do for you and person affected. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Ask them what they know for sure, what is speculation, and what they expect to do about it. If it is bacteria in the blood stream, there are ways to treat it (antibiotics, etc) but is not a situation to be taken lightly. Are they already working on treatment, or just a "wait and see" type thing? When you have so many unanswered questions, it's easy to think the worst. Hope you get good news soon. Linda

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      Re: Bacteria in the aorta

      Is this endocarditis?

      Lisa
      Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
      YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

      Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
      lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
      Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
      Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
      Currently not obstructed
      Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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        Re: Bacteria in the aorta

        Lisa,
        I read what endocarditis is, and this sounds very much like it. If this is it how treatable is this?

        Thanks,
        Bryan

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          Re: Bacteria in the aorta

          I guess what they are saying is its a staph infection.

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            Re: Bacteria in the aorta

            antibiotics should be able to do the trick. It is a matter of catching it and killing it as early as possible so you don't have to drag out the big gun antibiotics and wipe everything out. Make sure she's eating yogurt and taking acidopholis to renew her intestinal flora.

            s

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              Re: Bacteria in the aorta

              NOW I GUESS IT IS ENDOCARDITIS!! Im so confused. How potentially harmful is this?

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                Re: Bacteria in the aorta

                Bryan,

                It is serious, but treatable. Like I said above, it needs to be caught and treated early. What is being done? Antibiotics are imperative and perhaps some coumadin as there is a stroke risk.

                Recovery depends on how sick you get.

                s

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                • #9
                  Re: Bacteria in the aorta

                  It takes a while to heal...but she should be fine.

                  She will be on antibiotics for several weeks and she should be ok.

                  Lisa
                  Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
                  YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

                  Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
                  lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
                  Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
                  Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
                  Currently not obstructed
                  Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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                    Re: Bacteria in the aorta

                    Does anyone know what the mortality rate for endocarditis is? A number of 25% mortality rate was thrown out there, but to me that seems a little high. Is this right?

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