There are several things that increase your risk for cardiovascular infection. Those who have the highest level of risk have damaged or artificial heart valves, congenital birth defects that create leaky heart valves, previous cases of cardiovascular infection, or are intravenous drug users. Damage to the heart caused by rheumatic fever can elevate risk levels, too.
Katarzyna Ostrzenska, MD
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What increases my risk for cardiovascular infection?
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What are the different grades of Crohn's disease?
Crohn’s disease is graded based on your symptoms.
- Remission is very obvious. It means you feel perfect, and your small bowel and colon look perfect as well. You won’t even realize you have Crohn's disease except for the fact that you have to take routine medications.
- Mild disease means you don't have a lot of symptoms. For example, you don't have a painful mass on exam or signs of bowel obstruction. You may have some increased bowel movements and mild cramping and pain. This suggests that you have the inflammatory behaviors of Crohn's disease, which are the most likely to respond to medical therapy.
- When you start to develop symptoms of an abscess, fever, weight loss, anemia or blockages, you have more moderate to severe Crohn’s disease. This requires medications that are appropriate for the disease. You will also require multidisciplinary care that involves not only a gastroenterologist but also a nutritionist to make sure you're eating the right diet. You will definitely need to see a colorectal surgeon.
How does an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) work?
For people with certain heart rhythm problems, a defibrillator may be implanted under the skin of your chest, near the collarbone, and wires are run to your heart, as with a pacemaker.
- The ICD knows when the heartbeat is not normal.
- It tries to return the heartbeat to normal.
- When your heartbeat is too slow, it works as a pacemaker and sends tiny electric signals to your heart.
- When your heartbeat is too fast or chaotic, it gives defibrillation shocks to stop the abnormal rhythm.
- It works 24 hours a day.
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