What is the prevalence of infective endocarditis (IE) among different age groups?

Updated: Jan 03, 2019
  • Author: John L Brusch, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Between 1998 and 2009, the mean age of patients has risen from 58.6 to 60.8 years. [27, 29] Currently, more than 50% of patients are older than 50 years. [20] Mendiratta et al, in their retrospective study of hospital discharges from 1993-2003 of patients aged 65 years and older with a primary or secondary diagnosis of IE, found that hospitalizations for IE increased 26%, from 3.19 per 10,000 elderly patients in 1993 to 3.95 per 10,000 in 2003. [30] This increase in age has continued, with the mean age of patients in 2009 at 60.8 years. [27]


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