Is a plant-based diet good for your heart? More research needs to be done, but early studies suggest it may have a number of benefits.
If your diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and meat substitutes such as soy, you may be less likely to have certain risks for heart disease, such as:
High blood levels of total cholesterol
High levels of LDL "bad" cholesterol
High levels of triglycerides
High blood pressure
Overweight and obesity
If you have endocarditis, you will need several weeks of treatment with
one or more antibiotics. At first you will be treated in the hospital, because
the antibiotics are given through a vein (by IV) and you
may need other tests during treatment. After your fever is gone and you are
stable, you may be able to continue IV antibiotics at home with the help of a
home health nurse.
Antibiotics are usually given for 4 to 8
weeks, but some people may require only 2 to 4 weeks of treatment. How long you
take antibiotics may depend on what type of bacteria is causing the infection
or whether you have an infection of artificial heart valves. For example, you
may take antibiotics for a longer time because you have artificial heart
valves. The antibiotics must be given long enough and at a strong enough dose
to destroy all of the bacteria.
After the first IV antibiotics,
your doctor may want you to take antibiotic pills. If so, take them exactly as
prescribed until they are gone. If your symptoms return, call your doctor right
away. You probably will need more antibiotics if testing shows that the
bacteria were not completely destroyed.
If endocarditis is caused
by a fungus, you may need intravenous antifungal medicine. And heart valve
surgery usually is required for endocarditis caused by a fungus.
If your heart valve becomes
severely damaged from
endocarditis or if infection develops in an artificial
heart valve, you may need surgery to repair or replace the valve.