After your condition has stabilized,
you can probably go home where you may continue to receive antibiotic treatment. You may have a central venous catheter, such as a PICC line, that gives you antibiotics into a vein. A home health nurse will help with these medicines. The
nurse will teach you how to give yourself the antibiotics and how to
care for your catheter.
Be sure to tell your doctor if
symptoms, such as a fever or chills, return or if you have any new
If you've been diagnosed with heart disease, you and your doctor have probably discussed heart disease medicines you need to maintain your heart health.
Your doctor has hundreds of different heart disease medicines to choose from. These medicines work in a variety of ways to help your heart work better. What are the different types of heart disease medicines? How do they help? Here is a list of the types of heart disease medicines:
If you have a normal heart
and valve structure, you have a low risk for endocarditis. But if
you have a problem with your heart that affects normal blood flow, it increases
the likelihood that bacteria or fungi will attach to heart tissue. This puts
you at a higher risk for endocarditis.
If you have certain heart
conditions, getting endocarditis is even more dangerous for you. These heart
If you have any of these heart conditions, you may need
to take antibiotics before you have certain
dental or surgical procedures that could put bacteria
or fungi into your blood. The antibiotics lower your risk of getting
Your doctor can give you a card to carry in your
wallet. It states that you may need preventive antibiotics before certain
If you are at increased risk for endocarditis,
practice good oral hygiene. Floss your teeth daily, and visit a dentist twice
each year. For more information, see the topic
Also, if you have conditions such as an HIV infection that
weaken your ability to fight disease, you are at greater risk.