Early identification of patients with native valve infectious endocarditis at risk for major complications by initial clinical presentation and baseline echocardiography.


Early identification of a high risk patient subgroup with infective endocarditis which develops a major complication (emboli, congestive heart failure, surgery for valve replacement, or death) during hospitalization would reduce morbidity, mortality and cost. Thus, for 74 patients with native valve infective endocarditis with documented vegetation by… (More)


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