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Should you take antibiotics if you have mitral valve prolapse?

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In the past, doctors recommended that people with mitral valve prolapse take antibiotics before medical or dental procedures to prevent infection of the heart valve, known as endocarditis. The American Heart Association has determined that taking antibiotics before procedures is not helpful for people with mitral valve prolapse and is no longer recommended.

SOURCES:

Freed, L. New England Journal of Medicine, 1999; vol 341: pp 1-7.

Flack, J. American Heart Journal, 1999; vol 138: pp 486-492.

Bonow, R. Circulation, 2008; vol 118: pp 523-661.

Boudoulas, H. American Heart Journal, 1989; vol 118: pp 796-818.

Avierinos, J. Circulation, 2002; vol 106: pp 1355-1361.

Wilson, W. Circulation, 2007; vol 116: pp 1736-1754.

Vahanian, A. European Heart Journal, 2007; vol 28: pp 230-268.

Libby, P. Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine, 8th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2007.

Delling, F. Circulation, 129: pp 2158-2170.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on January 15, 2020

SOURCES:

Freed, L. New England Journal of Medicine, 1999; vol 341: pp 1-7.

Flack, J. American Heart Journal, 1999; vol 138: pp 486-492.

Bonow, R. Circulation, 2008; vol 118: pp 523-661.

Boudoulas, H. American Heart Journal, 1989; vol 118: pp 796-818.

Avierinos, J. Circulation, 2002; vol 106: pp 1355-1361.

Wilson, W. Circulation, 2007; vol 116: pp 1736-1754.

Vahanian, A. European Heart Journal, 2007; vol 28: pp 230-268.

Libby, P. Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine, 8th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2007.

Delling, F. Circulation, 129: pp 2158-2170.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on January 15, 2020

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