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J Am Dent Assoc. 2005 Mar;136(3):347-56; quiz 380-1.

The patient with a heart murmur: evaluation, assessment and dental considerations.

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Oral Medicine, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Heart murmurs, a common finding in dental patients, are of major concern to dental professionals because certain dental procedures occasionally can induce severe cardiovascular complications. Murmurs may indicate existing heart disease that is a risk factor for infective endocarditis following a dental procedure, as well as more severe heart conditions such as congenital heart disease, atrial fibrillation or congestive heart failure.

TYPES OF STUDIES REVIEWED:

This review article is based on data published in peer-reviewed journals, including practice guidelines published by major dental and medical professional organizations.

RESULTS:

Echocardiography is the primary means of evaluating heart murmurs, and all dental professionals should become familiar with major aspects of an echocardiogram. Understanding the medical evaluation and assessment of a heart murmur fosters better communication with other health care professionals and results in improved patient care.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS:

Beyond the need to administer antibiotic prophylaxis, the dentist also needs to address the underlying causes of a patient's heart murmur. By providing dental care to such patients, oral health care providers become part of the patient's overall health care team.

PMID:
15819349
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