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  • Infections....

    I've read a few posts regarding infections affecting the heart...and I know that's why most of us have to pre-medicate with antibiodics before, for example, a dental procedure. My father died about 5 years ago at age 71 (he had HCM). Two months before he died, a pacemaker was implanted. He was doing extrememly well (could go for bikerides!). While on a bikeride, a dog viciously attacked him and bit his lower leg. I flew down to Florida when he was admitted in the hospital and saw this. It was the most unbelievable sight I had ever seen...you could still see the infection. It looked like a shark bite. He was on antibiodics but could this have happened very quickly and an infection went to his heart? It's too late for answers but my family has always thought that had something to do with his downfall. His doctor was never available the entire week we were there....I had phone calls to his office but never got a return call. I look back and if I had known as much as I know now, thanks to this wonderful website, I would have been much more aggressive and persistent.
    \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Re: Infections....


    I don't know the answer to your particular question regarding the dog bite and your father's heart... but my dentist has warned me that should i ever think that i have an infected tooth, i am to get my butt into his office immediately. According to him, an infection in the mouth can spread to the heart very quickly, and he's seen patients with infected teeth where the infection passed to the heart in just several days.

    Don't know if it's applicable in your situation though.

    Take care,

    "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."


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      Re: Infections....

      Dear Cynthia,

      Sadly, there isn't any way to know what exactly happened. However, if the antibiotics didn't work and the infection spread to his heart, he probably would've passed very, very quickly. At least, that is my udnerstanding of those kinds of things. The trauma of the accident and the stress on his system of trying to bead the infection and healing--that could have just been too much for him.

      take care,