Update on heart pre medication regimen - Dr. Michael Dagostino, D.D.S
Update on heart pre medication regimen
Newsletter for June 2007
The weather is heating up, and the Cavaliers are in the NBA finals.
What a great time to live in Cleveland, Ohio!
With the advance of summer come the ubiquitous weddings and
graduations. As a parent there are few events more emotion provoking than
when your children graduate from high school. Sure, there's the birth of a
child, or their wedding day and all the other important events in between,
but to me, a child's graduation from high school signals their passage
from a child to an adult. It signifies all the work and effort parents put
into the child's growth and development to become a contributing member of
society. So, my congratulations to the graduates and a hearty congrats to
all those parents and grandparents for a job well done!
On a dental note, the American Heart Association has recently concluded
that there is no evidence linking dental procedures with the development
of endocarditis. Therefore, the current practice of giving patients
antibiotics prior to dental procedures is no longer recommended except for
those patients in the high risk category. These include:
- Prosthetic heart valve
- Previous endocarditis
- Certain congenital heart defects
- Cardiac transplants
My recommendation is to consult your personal physician to determine
whether you are in the high risk category. Should you have any question
regarding the AHA's guideline changes please visit americanheart.org
or call our office for an explanation of the new recommendations.
Michael W. Dagostino, DDS
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