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Heart murmur, anti's before surgery? Heart murmur, anti's before surgery?

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Unread 08-15-2004, 09:07 PM
Heart murmur, anti's before surgery?

I have a heart murmur and before I have dental work done I am supposed to take antibiotics.

I've had several surgeries and never been told/asked to take antibiotics before surgery, but when I got my questionnaire from the hospital, it asked if I needed to take them prior to surgery.

I don't know!? I have my pre-op on Tuesday, I plan to ask my GP then, but I was curious if anyone else here had any experience with this.

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Unread 08-15-2004, 10:05 PM
Heart murmur, anti's before surgery?

I have a heart murmur and talked to my dr about it at my pre op. She said taking antibiotics ahead of time was not necessary, they would give me some in the IV during the operation. I reminded the anesthesiologist while they were prepping me for surgery and she said it was already in the notes.
Unread 08-15-2004, 11:31 PM
Heart murmur, anti's before surgery?

Great. Thanks for your reply!
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Unread 08-16-2004, 11:56 PM
Heart murmur, anti's before surgery?

i have a heart murmur too. neither doc nor anesthesiologist was worried about it. i also take antibiotics before dental work. they give you antibiotics during surgery so it wasn't a problem. make sure you mention it during pre-op and tell the anesth. good luck! dee
Unread 08-17-2004, 01:39 AM
Heart murmur, anti's before surgery?

It depends upon what is causing the heart murmur, like a bicuspid aortic valve or mitral valve prolapse with insufficiency (leakage). Generally, they'll recommend antibiotics before surgery, not so much for the surgery itself, but for the catheterization.

They may well do the antibiotics IV beforehand, but you need to contact whoever prescribes your dental antibiotics normally and ask (whether that is the cardiologist or the GP). Also, if you have a pre-op at the hospital, that's the time to bring it up.

Do you have one of the American Heart Association endocarditis prophylaxis cards? They're a wallet-size card that you can keep with you, that recommends which antibiotic regimen is appropriate for which procedures. You show that to everyone you encounter -- you'll get your antibiotics!

Unread 08-17-2004, 02:51 PM
Heart murmur, anti's before surgery?

Hi, I have mitral valve prolapse, with systolic clicks and take antibiotics for dental procedures, they are getting a little less strict on what you take the antibiotics for now but they automatically give you antibiotics before a hystectomy at least here in Santa Rosa they do, make SURE you stress this, endocarditis is very ugly, better to be save than sorry, good luck, see you on the other side.....hugs, Denna P.S. my cardiologist said get the thing out, he was not concerned one bit about this surgery being done.....HAPPY THOUGHTS, hearts are an amazing organ and they take alot of abuse,,especially smokers abuse...

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