Bacterial Endocarditis Review (1999)
Companion Animal Medicine |  Cardiology
Saturday |  5:00 PM -  5:50 PM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||303



Ryan Baumwart DVM
Oklahoma State University

Dr. Baumwart is veterinary cardiologist originally from Clinton, Oklahoma. He attended Northeastern Oklahoma State University for his undergraduate degree in biology. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University. Following his graduation, he completed a one-year internship and residency at the Ohio State University. Following his residency he worked for a specialty hospital in Boise Idaho and Charleston South Carolina. Dr. Baumwart has authored several publications on cardiovascular disease in dogs and cats. Dr. Baumwart enjoys spending his leisure time with his wife and all their animals. He enjoys the outdoors hiking, camping, horseback riding, snowboarding, and fly fishing.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 2


Infective endocarditis is inflammation of the endocardial surface of the heart due to the invasion by an infectious agent. Most commonly in canines this inflammation involves valve tissue and is most commonly secondary to bacterial infection. The incidence of endocarditis in the dog is considered rare however when present is associated with high morbidity and mortality. This lecture will look at the pathophysiology, commonly identified organisms, and predisposing factors related to endocarditis. Definitive diagnosis has traditionally been made by positive blood culture but in our canine population it is not uncommon to have patients with a high suspicion of endocarditis and are culture negative. There will be discussion about some of the more common organisms and situations that routinely are culture negative and how other clinical pathology testing allows identification. Commonly we extrapolate from human medicine and the traditional Duke Criteria has been modified to the veterinary diagnosis of endocarditis. This criteria utilize both major and minor that develop a scoring system to allow higher or lower suspicion of endocarditis as there are other conditions and disease that can mimic endocarditis. In addition to blood culture echocardiography is invaluable in aiding in the diagnosis of lesions seen on the heart valves as well as assessing the secondary damage caused by the valve damage.

Learning Objectives

1. Cardiology

2. Cardiology

3. Cardiology

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