When treated with antibiotics alone, mortality rates can be as high as 31% to 66% in device-related endocarditis cases8
Antibiotics or partial device removal are often the first lines of defense.
But most of the time, the infections are caused by antibiotic-resistant staphylococcal bacteria that live in bacterial colonies called biofilm.12,20 The biofilm forms a thick coating that is nearly impossible to cure with antibiotic treatment alone.16,17
Infection relapse occurs in 50% to 100% of cases with partial removal or antibiotic treatment alone, compared to 0% to 4.2% following complete removal of the device and leads.6-10
Leads are a highway to the heart – a fast lane for infection.
THIS EDUCATIONAL CONTENT IS INTENDED FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS ONLY. CARDIAC DEVICE REMOVAL MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR SOME PATIENTS DEPENDING ON INDIVIDUAL HEALTH FACTORS. TREATMENT DECISIONS SHOULD ALWAYS BE BASED ON THE JUDGMENT AND EXPERTISE OF A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL. IF YOU ARE A PATIENT WITH QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS ABOUT AN IMPLATED CARDIAC DEVICE, PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN.