Arq Bras Cardiol 2022 May;118(5):976-988
Centro Cardiovascular Universidade de Lisboa (CCUL), Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa - Portugal.
After fourteen decades of medical and technological evolution, infective endocarditis continues to challenge physicians in its daily diagnosis and management. Its increasing incidence, demographic shifts (affecting older patients), microbiology with higher rates of Staphylococcus infection, still frequent serious complications and substantial mortality make endocarditis a very complex disease. Despite this, innovations in the diagnosis, involving microbiology and imaging, and improvements in intensive care and cardiac surgical techniques, materials and timing can impact the prognosis of this disease. Read More