Abstract

Infective endocarditis is a serious condition that often leads to the death of a patient, even with intense antibiotic therapy. In the past, guidelines published have recommended that patients with certain cardiovascular abnormalities take an antibiotic prior to dental visits. Recently in 2007, however, these guidelines have changed so that the American Heart Association (AHA) only recommends prophylaxis for high risk patients. The purpose of this research is to evaluate dentists’ thoughts on the change in AHA guidelines regarding individuals that are recommended to receive antibiotic prophylaxis for infective endocarditis.

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