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Author Topic: Serious Heart Infection Is Rising in People With Hepatitis C  (Read 3656 times)

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Serious Heart Infection Is Rising in People With Hepatitis C
« on: September 28, 2020, 10:31:30 am »
Diagnoses of the life-threatening bacterial infection of the heart valves known as infective endocarditis have increased over the past decade among people with hepatitis C virus (HCV), especially among young adults with the virus and those with opioid use disorder.

As described in Clinical Infectious Diseases, investigators analyzed data from commercial and Medicaid health insurance databases to estimate national endocarditis trends between 2007 and 2017.

They found that the weighted annual diagnosis rate of endocarditis per 100,000 people was 14 cases among those with commercial insurance and 79 cases among people with Medicaid.

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