Preventing infective endocarditis

People with a heart valve problem or a hole in the heart are advised to take an antibiotic before any procedure that could lead to infection in the bloodstream. The GP will give the prescription depending on what procedure is to be done and whether the patient has any allergies to certain antibiotics.

Antibiotics are not necessary for people with coronary heart disease or who have had ballooning of their heart arteries (angioplasty) or heart bypass surgery, unless they have an abnormal valve.

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