• The addiction crisis is causing a spike in endocarditis cases. Hospitals are struggling to respond

    10 days ago - By STAT

    Increased injection drug use has led to a spike in cases of the life-threatening heart condition endocarditis , with cases rapidly accelerating since the onset of Covid-19.
    The increased case count is one of the lesser-known side effects of the deadly addiction epidemic. But patients with endocarditis, an inflammation of the heart lining caused by infection, require complex, thoughtful care - care that the U.S. health system is ill-equipped to provide.
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