Questions to Ask Your Doctor
If you've been diagnosed with endocarditis, there are several key questions that you should ask your cardiologist during your next visit. These questions will ensure that you and your doctor have discussed your major risk factors so that you can become or stay as healthy as possible.
- What predisposed me to develop endocarditis?
- How is endocarditis diagnosed?
- Can endocarditis affect my other organs such as my kidneys, brain, lungs and skin?
- What factors are considered in determining the role and timing of cardiac surgery for endocarditis?
- For how long do I need to take antibiotics for endocarditis? What are the side-effects of these antibiotics? Do these antibotics need to be intravenous or oral?
- What is the difference between a transesophageal echochardiogram (TEE) and a transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE)?
- Is endocarditis different when it affects prosthetic valves as compared with native heart valves?
- Should I take antibiotics before dental procedures to prevent endocarditis?
- What is the follow-up after endocarditis?
- Should I restrict my physical activity because of endocarditis?