Science has revealed to us that our bodies are an interconnected machine where one part affects another that affects another. We understand that something that happens in one area can effect what happens to another. Not many people realize that there can be a connection between something that goes on in the mouth with something that goes on in the heart with something that goes on in the hand.
Endocarditis is an infection in or on the lining of the heart chambers and valves within the heart itself. It happens when a bacteria, fungi, or other germs from one part of the body spread through the bloodstream and attaches to a part of the heart. These germs or bacteria will cause an infection that will plague the heart. This is exactly what happened to a young man in Canada.
A 27-year-old man from Canada was recently diagnosed with endocarditis after complaining of abdominal pain, fever, night sweats, and a loss of appetite. He also displayed a painful aneurysm in the palm of his hand. The diagnosis baffled doctors because of the youth of the patient, but they understood what had gone on as they further questioned the young man about the previous few weeks of his life.
They ran tests on the young man, including a blood culture that came back positive for streptococcus salivarius. This is a bacteria that is commonly found in the mouth. They also discovered that he had dead tissue on his spleen and left kidney. They also discovered an infected mass on the aortic valve of his heart.
After going to the dentist for routine work, a bacteria got into his bloodstream and had made its’ way around the body. It was affecting his spleen, kidneys, heart, and the blood vessels in his hand. The bacteria were able to spread throughout the body via his bloodstream and cause all sorts of problems throughout the young man’s body. Although it is serious, doctors were able to handle the issues.
He was given antibiotics that were able to clear up the bacterial infection throughout his body. The antibiotics were able to clear up most of the issues except for his heart. This required a major surgery to repair the valve of his heart. This particular valve is the one that controls blood flow into the major artery of the body. It was a serious problem that required a serious heart surgery.
It is a crazy thing how interconnected your body is. A routine visit to the dentist was able to cause this young man so many problems and extensive time to repair it and heal from it. It makes one think about the little things that we do every day that are not always the best idea. We need to understand that although our bodies are amazing things, that do amazing things, they can also be a sensitive thing that can be affected by the smallest of issues. This is a reminder to us all to take care of our bodies and to pay attention to the things that we do to it