Did you know that you don’t have to take preventative antibiotics any more if you have mitral valve prolapse before you go to the dentist?
No more worrying about about missed appointments because you forgot to take that pill before your dental cleaning, no more stomach aches from these meds and no more extra prescriptions that sit there just for the few times you visit your dentist.
In April, 2007 The American Heart Association changed the recommendations regarding the use of antibiotics by Mitral Valve Prolapse patients prior to dental procedures. Preventive antibiotics before a dental procedure are advised for patients with:
- artificial heart valves
- a history of having had infective endocarditis
- certain specific, serious congenital (present from birth) heart conditions, including:
- unrepaired or incompletely repaired cyanotic congenital heart disease, including those with palliative shunts and conduits
- a completely repaired congenital heart defect with prosthetic material or device, whether placed by surgery or by catheter intervention, during the first six months after the procedure
- any repaired congenital heart defect with residual defect at the site or adjacent to the site of a prosthetic patch or a prosthetic device
- a cardiac transplant which develops a problem in a heart valve.
“Except for the conditions listed above, antibiotic prophylaxis is no longer recommended for any other form of congenital heart disease,” the statement said.
I’ve had a difficult time with my dental appointments because of the need for antibiotics. You see I not only have MVP (Mitral Valve Prolapse) buy (MG) Myasthenia Gravis. With MG there are many medications including antibiotics that can make this condition worsen. My dentist had to call my neurologist to find an antibiotic that I could take. To make it even worse I have problems with my colon (Ulcerative Colitis) so there’s even more medications that I can’t take. Luckily for me my dentist didn’t kick me out the door! He was willing to go the extra mile to find the right med I could take. And when this news came out that I no longer needed to premedicate, my dental hygienist told me. Kudos to them!
There’s always new findings in the medical field. If your doctors or health care providers are not keeping up with important things that effect you I would suggest first speaking to them about this. If it doesn’t improve perhaps looking for another doctor is in your best interest.
Of course if you are able to do so reading the news, searching the internet, reading blogs, maintaining membership in groups that provide up to date information about a particular disease or health condition is very important. An informed patient is one that can be a partner in your care with your doctor.
I never rely one hundred percent on my doctors, although I trust them. They are human and can make mistakes, leave out information, etc. For example when I’m prescribed a new drug I always read all of the information provided with it. Taking charge of your health or that of a loved one is a step in the right direction.