Infective Endocarditis

The Elderly Epidemiology

Despite the fact that the incidence of infective endocarditis has not changed, recent studies have shown remarkable changes in the epidemiology and clinical features of the disease. In the 1950s, when rheumatic fever was prevalent, particularly during World War II and before the wide use of penicillin, the incidence of endocarditis was highest in patients aged 20-30 years old and only 5 of patients with endocarditis were over 60 years of age. More recent publications show that the incidence of...