Infective Endocarditis - Changing Diagnostic & Therapeutic Strategies for a Changing Disease

Despite recent advances in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, infective endocarditis remains associated with high morbidity and mortality rates. The disease is defined by a focus of infection within the heart. Over the last few decades, several factors have impacted both the incidence and the outcomes of this fascinating disease and the road from guidelines to clinical practise remains a challenging one.

The key to successful management of patients with infective endocarditis implies a multidisciplinary approach carried out by what specialists in the field like to call an “endocarditis team”, in order to successfully tackle the multiple clinical presentations, changing epidemiology and heterogenous aetiology of this disease. Prophylaxis of endocarditis remains a major feat, but future developments will include further improvement in current strategies to limit its impact.

About our speaker

Gilbert Habib

Former President of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging, La Timone Hospital, Marseille, France

Gilbert Habib is Chair of the Cardiology Department and Director of the Echochardiographic Laboratory of La Timone Hospital in Marseille, France. He served as President of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging, as well as President of the French Society of Echocardiography. Habib is also a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the European Society of Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography and he has more than 300 publications in international peer-reviewed journals.