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Heart infection Treatment in Dubai at Emirates Hospitals Group. Heart infections are serious conditions where germs like bacteria or fungi invade the heart’s inner lining or heart valves. This disrupts heart function and can lead to life-threatening complications. Our UK, US and French Board-Certified Cardiologists can help to diagnose and treat heart infections.

Types of Heart Infection

There are three main types of heart infection:

  1. Endocarditis: This affects the inner lining (endocardium) of the heart chambers. It’s the most common type.
  2. Myocarditis: This targets the heart muscle (myocardium), causing inflammation and weakening heart function.
  3. Pericarditis: This inflames the pericardium, the sac-like covering around the heart. It can sometimes be caused by a heart infection in nearby tissues.

Symptoms of a heart infections:

  • Fever and chills
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain, often sharp or stabbing
  • Heart palpitations (irregular heartbeat)
  • Night sweats
  • Unexplained weight loss

Causes of heart infections:

There are various causes of heart infections, some of the most common include:

  • Dental procedures: Bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream during routine procedures.
  • Skin infections: Untreated skin infections can allow bacteria to travel to the heart.
  • Intravenous drug use: Sharing needles or using unhygienic practices increases the risk.
  • Medical devices: Catheters or implanted heart valves can introduce bacteria.

Diagnosing Heart Infections

Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial for preventing heart damage and complications like heart failure, stroke, or even death. Our cardiologists use blood tests, echocardiograms and blood cultures to diagnose the infection.

Treatment of Heart Infections

Treatment usually involves long-term intravenous antibiotics tailored to the specific bacteria. In severe cases, surgery might be necessary to repair damaged valves or remove infected tissue.

Last update date: 10-07-2024

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