Pre-Med Patients

Who should take prophylactic antibiotics?

A large dose of antibiotics one hour prior to a dental procedure is advised for patients with the following conditions:

  1. artificial heart valves
  2. a history of infective endocarditis
  3. 3. certain specific, serious congenital (present from birth) heart conditions, including
    • unrepaired and incompletely repaired cyanotic congenital heart disease, including those with palliative shunts and conduits
    • a completely repaired congenital heart defect with prosthetic material or device, whether placed by surgery or by catheter intervention, during the first six months after the procedure
    • any repaired congenital heart defect with residual defect at the site or adjacent to the site of a prosthetic patch or a prosthetic device
  4. a cardiac transplant that develops a problem in a heart valve
  5. total joint replacement

Dr. Deemer recommends that heart and orthopedic patients contact their physician to see what is right for their specific condition.

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