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August 2007, Volume 37 Number 8 , p 22 - 23


  • Denise D. Hayes RN, CRNP, MSN


IF YOU'RE LIKE ME and millions of other people with mitral valve prolapse (MVP), you've been taking antibiotics before dental procedures, even routine teeth cleaning, for years. But the recently updated American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines for preventing infective endocarditis have changed the rules. Many cardiac conditions, including MVP, are now off the list of disorders requiring prophylactic antibiotics. These new AHA guidelines are endorsed by the American Dental Association, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.

In this article, I'll describe key recommendations and the rationales behind them so you ...

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