Is there an increased rate of infectious endocarditis in pacemaker patients?
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Is there an increased rate of infectious endocarditis in pacemaker patients? Evidence-Based Answer: Yes. The estimated risk of infectious endocarditis (IE) after first pacemaker implantation is roughly 0.1% per year or a 1% risk in 10 years. Although rare, IE is significantly more common among patients with pacemakers than among the general population (SOR: B, cohort studies and a heterogeneous systematic review)
Evidence Based Practice 17(5): E-03-E-04