Cardiovascular Infections
Cardiovascular Infections

Cardiovascular Infections

by John Fisher, MD

Myriad infectious organisms—bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses—can infect the endocardium, myocardium, and pericardium. Although cardiac infections are relatively rare, they are associated with high morbidity and mortality. In certain populations (e.g., patients undergoing cardiac surgery, intravenous drug users, the elderly) the risk of these infections is elevated.

Diagnostic imaging for cardiovascular infections is not perfect; the sensitivity and specificity can vary. Nevertheless, it plays an important role in the evaluation and management of such infections. Time of onset with respect to the time of imaging is also important. The primary imaging modality is still echocardiography, though cardiac CT and MRI are emerging as the modalities of choice wherever available, especially for the diagnosis of complex infectious complications (e.g., abscesses; infected prosthetic material, central lines, and instruments; and the cryptic manifestations of viral and parasitic diseases).

Course Details

  • Videos 15
  • Duration 1:36 h
  • Quiz questions 53
  • Concept Pages 8


Your Educators of course Cardiovascular Infections

 John Fisher, MD

John Fisher, MD

Dr. John F. Fisher is a Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University in the USA.
He obtained his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in 1969. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians (MACP) and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Medicine and Infectious Diseases.
Due to his achievements, he has earned the Annual J. Willis Hurst Teaching Award, the Jane F. Deforges Excellence in Medical Education Award, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America's Clinical Teacher Award.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Fisher teaches courses on Infectious Diseases.

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By Jorge Alberto G. on 06. February 2023 for Infective Endocarditis (IE): Definition and Epidemiology

Interesting data that I din't knew despite reading a lot of endocarditis from other sources.

very good lecture.
By dina k. on 18. February 2022 for Cardiovascular Infections

i did like it because it is clear easy to understand .

Lecture is great
By Irfan A. on 06. April 2021 for Cardiovascular Infections


great teacher!
By bridget b. on 12. February 2021 for Cardiovascular Infections

very good lecturer and high yield info. interesting and learning a lot!