Treating a Patient with a Heart Valve Replacement – Management Considerations
Because people are living longer and have a higher incidence of cardiovascular disease, the number of patients with heart valve replacements is greater than at any time in history. So how does this impact dental care, and what are the key considerations for dentists in treating patients who have had heart valve replacements?
Dr. PJ Murphy is an Assistant Professor at UBC Dentistry who specializes in biomedical emergencies. In this edition of CDA Oasis Live with Dr. John O’Keefe, Director of Knowledge Networks CDA, Dr. Murphy walks through the common types of heart valve replacements and the impact they have on dental care. He addresses the need for antibiotic prophylaxis when carrying out invasive dental procedures, and details how to best manage heart valve patients on lifelong blood thinning therapies.
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CDA Oasis Team