The American Heart Association has released new guidelines for patients with certain heart conditions. For years the AHA recommended patients take antibiotics before dental treatment to prevent infective endocarditis.
In April 2007, the latest guidelines were published and there is good news. The AHA no longer recommends these patients take short term antibiotics. These new guidelines were based on scientific findings that the risks outweigh the benefits of taking antibiotics. Furthermore, no scientific evidence was found that taking antibiotics before dental procedures prevents infective endocarditis. Preventive antibiotics are still recommended for certain patients, including those with:
- artificial heart valves
- a history of infective endocarditis
- certain serious, congenital heart conditions
- a cardiac transplantation that develops a problem in a heart valve
Read the full article from the ADA here. For more information visit www.ada.org.
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