Rising Endocarditis and Neurovascular Events Linked to Opioid Epidemic

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The dramatic rise in opioid abuse over the past few decades appears to be increasing cases of infective endocarditis as well as various related neurovascular complications, a study shows.

At a single center in Ohio, which has been particularly hard-hit by the opioid epidemic, there was a 630% increase in the incidence of endocarditis associated with IV drug use over a recent 4-and-a-half-year span, according to Shahid Nimjee, MD, PhD (Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus).

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