Endocarditis on cardiac devices requires valvular surgery

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published two recent papers which show that, to improve prognosis in infections related to implantable cardiac devices, it is necessary to explant the whole infected system. The studies were conducted using data from month of 4,000 consecutive episodes of infective endocarditis bathered by the International Collaborative Endocarditis (ICE) Consortium. Dr. Josep Maria Miró, a researcher from IDIBAPS - Hospital Clínic, is part of its committee and one of the authors of both articles.