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VIDEO: Increased infective endocarditis incidence in England may merit re-evaluation of treatment guidelines

November 25, 2014

CHICAGO — In this video, John G. Harold, MD, cardiologist at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, discusses data presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions showing an increased incidence of infective endocarditis in England.

The researchers observed a rise in infective endocarditis since the 2008 introduction of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines, which called for a stop to the use of antibiotic prophylaxis for all patients due to a lack of sufficient evidence to support its efficacy. Harold noted that this was in contrast to the US guidelines, which continued to recommend the use of antibiotic prophylaxis in high-risk patients.

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