Diagnostic criteria

A definitive diagnosis of IE would consist of a biopsy or culture directly from pathologic specimens from the endocardium. However, this would be a highly invasive test. Therefore, diagnosis of IE relies on clinical presentation as well as laboratory and echocardiogram results. To guide this clinical diagnosis, criteria have been established to assess major and minor criteria for IE14,15 (Table 74-2A). Depending on the number of major or minor criteria a patient demonstrates, he or she will be classified as having a definite, possible, or rejected diagnosis of IE (Table 74-2B).

Reducing Blood Pressure Naturally

Reducing Blood Pressure Naturally

Do You Suffer From High Blood Pressure? Do You Feel Like This Silent Killer Might Be Stalking You? Have you been diagnosed or pre-hypertension and hypertension? Then JOIN THE CROWD Nearly 1 in 3 adults in the United States suffer from High Blood Pressure and only 1 in 3 adults are actually aware that they have it.

Get My Free Ebook

Post a comment