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:
- artificial heart valves
- a history of infective endocarditis
- 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
- a cardiac transplant that develops a problem in a heart valve
- total joint replacement
Dr. Deemer recommends that heart and orthopedic patients contact their physician to see what is right for their specific condition.
For more information, visit http://www.heart.org.