You should tell your dentist about your valvular heart disease. Your dentist may need to prescribe an antibiotic for you before performing any treatments that could send bacteria into your bloodstream. People with valvular heart disease are at a higher risk of getting infective endocarditis, which is an infection of the inside heart lining. Your dentist can then also advise you of any special precautions or preventive measures you need to take to maintain your dental and overall health.
Peem Lorvidhaya, MD
- clinical cardiac electrophysiology
Location and Office HoursRhode Island Cardiology Center
950 Warren Ave Fl 2
East Providence, RI 02914
- BlueCross BlueShield
- BlueCross BlueShield of Rhode Island
- First Health
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- Neighborhood Health Plan
- Tufts Health Plan
- United Healthcare
- Rhode Island Hospital
- The Miriam Hospital
Should I tell my dentist that I have valvular heart disease?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
How do I know if I am getting a good referral for a heart specialist?
Dede Bonner, Health Education, answeredOne of the best ways to judge a prospective doctor’s quality is through the recommendation from another doctor. Most doctors are sincerely interested in the well-being of their patients and refer them to the doctors they believe offer the best care.
If you are asking a medical professional why he or she is recommending a doctor, listen for an answer that includes how impressive this specialist is in the field of cardiac research or surgery. Key phrases are “participated in clinical trials” and “presented papers at professional conferences.” These are extra-effort activities that earn respect among medical peers. But don’t stop there; listen for clues about this prospective doctor’s bedside manners as well as his superstar performance at last year’s medical conference. However, as Phoenix cardiologist Dr. Rebecca Allison notes, “Some doctors who don’t do research are still very good doctors.”
Don’t assume that someone is a good cardiologist or surgeon just because your primary care doctor has referred you to him. Sometimes doctors fall into referral patterns of always recommending the same doctor down the hallway or a former college roommate. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it helps if you know this piece of background information.
If you are talking with other patients or friends, a good follow-up question is, “How did you originally find this doctor?” For example, if the person found this specialist without doing her homework, or even worse, from the Yellow Pages, take this person’s diminished credibility into account.
If you are asking a medical professional, you want to hear that this person has worked closely with the recommended doctor for a number of years. If you are seeking a second opinion, the doctors may not know each other as well, so listen for clues about the prospective doctor’s reputation.
Depending on the referrer’s degree of openness and willingness to talk, you may get all the details you need by simply asking how satisfied she is. Be sure to press gently for details on the areas that need improvement. Everyone has shortcomings. Use this question to decide if you can live with this doctor’s particular deficiencies or quirks.
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Can congenital heart defects (CHD) be cured?
Coleen Boyle, PhD, MS, Public Health, answered on behalf of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Even with improved treatments, many people with a congenital heart defect (CHD) are not cured, even if their heart defect has been repaired. People with a CHD can develop other health problems over time, depending on their specific heart defect, the number of heart defects they have and the severity of their heart defect. Some of these health problems that might develop include irregular heart beat (arrhythmias), increased risk of infection in the heart muscle (infective endocarditis) or weakness in the heart. People with a CHD need routine checkups with a cardiologist (heart doctor) to stay as healthy as possible.
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