YOUNG ADULT PROBLEMS: ENDOCARDITIS

Endocarditis is inflammation of the inner lining of the heart, including the valves. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria and, in rare circumstances, autoimmune disease. Endocarditis most commonly follows infection from open wounds, such as teeth extraction or trauma.

It is characterized by cardiac symptoms such as irregular or rapid pulse, shortness of breath, general feeling of weakness and pain. It is a serious condition that should not be treated without expert medical advice.

Endocarditis can lead to persistent damage of the heart valves, as is often the case after rheumatic fever in childhood. The orthodox world recommends antibiotic cover whenever any major dental work is performed and, in the case of rheumatic fever, long-term antibiotic cover with penicillin is recommended to protect against further heart damage. Any decision to avoid antibiotic cover, whether acute or long-term, should be made only after discussion with a medically qualified complementary practitioner .

RECOMMENDATIONS

Any persisting symptoms in the chest should be reviewed by a physician.

Complementary therapy should be administered by a medical practitioner or an alternative therapist only in conjunction with a cardiologist.

Once the acute situation has settled, a complementary medical therapist may be consulted for long-term care and repair of damaged endocardial tissue.

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