• Question: What is the most dangerous microbe that effects the heart that we know of?

    Asked by Mattdat rm15 to Samuel, Pankaj, Lucy, Kate, Jordan, Emma on 12 Jun 2018.
    • Photo: Pankaj Garg

      Pankaj Garg answered on 12 Jun 2018:


      Staphylococcus aureus!!!!

      It is the nastiest microbe and very difficult to completely treat with antibiotics!

    • Photo: Emma Wellham

      Emma Wellham answered on 13 Jun 2018:


      Although some people get heart problems caused by microbes or bacteria, a lot of them can be treated well with antibiotics. As Pankaj said Staphylococcus Aureus can be resistant to antibiotics so very hard to treat!

      Most heart problems are electrical problems (the heart cells not producing enough electrical signals that the heart needs to beat) plumbing problems (blockages in the heart arteries starving the heart muscle of oxygen) or problems with the way the heart formed in a fetus in the mummy’s tummy.

      Electrical problems we fix with pacemakers, plumbing problems we try to open the blockage, and problems with the way the heart formed, we try to fix with surgery or medicines, or in severe cases, people might need a new heart in a transplant.

    • Photo: Samuel Vennin

      Samuel Vennin answered on 13 Jun 2018:


      I am not an expert, but I have heard a few times about staphylococcus aureus from the doctors I work with. Pankaj and Emma must know more than I do!

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