Diagnosis and treatment of infective endocarditis in intensive care
Infective endocarditis (IE) is an infectious microbial disease of the heart valvular endothelium. The characteristic lesion consists of the presence of vegetations that can settle in the valvular veils, tendon cords or mural endocardium.
Hospital mortality in patients with severe sepsis or septic shock has been between 20 and 50%, a fact probably underestimated and overshadowed by a late referral to the intensive care unit, even though clear criteria for entry into the unit have been established for patients with this situation.
The objective of this study was to know the characteristics, evolution and prognosis of patients with infective endocarditis who required treatment in the Intensive Care Unit.