Infective endocarditis (IE) is a severe disease, associated with high morbidity and in-hospital mortality. Despite improvements in diagnostic and therapeutic strategies, both the incidence and severity of the disease seem to be unchanged.Reasons for this persistent poor prognosis are numerous and include older patients with more severe disease, changes in the epidemiologic profiles and more patients with prosthetic or device related IE (8-10).
The EURO-ENDO registry is a prospective multicentre observational study of patients presenting in the echocardiographic or imaging laboratories for definite IE and treated and followed by European centres. Diagnostic methods, type of medical therapy, indications for surgery, and mode of follow-up will be obtained according to the usual practice of the participating centres.
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The main goals of the European Endocarditis Registry (EURO-ENDO) is to describe the current diagnostic and management practices in IE in Europe and beyond, and to evaluate its outcome depending on the correct implementation and adherence to the 2009 ESC guidelines on IE.
The Executive committee is chaired by Prof. Gilbert Habib (EACVI) and co-chaired by Prof. Patrizio Lancellotti (EACVI).
The Steering Committee is composed by the chairmen of the study and by the National Coordinator of each participating country selected by the EACVI in collaboration with the National Imaging Communities.
Our mission: To reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease
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