Drug abuse-related infective endocarditis rising at alarming rate

Drug abuse with infective endocarditis (DA-IE) has been increasing annually over the past 14 years across the US, Cleveland Clinic Foundation writes in the Journal of the American Heart Association. IE rose from 48/10,000 patients with DA-IE in 2002 to 79/10,000 patients in 2016, and DA almost doubled from 3% in 2002 to 5.9% in 2016.