Osama Haddad, MD
Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Mitral Valve Endocarditis: A Rare Manifestation of Lyme Disease
Dr. Osama Haddad was born in Jordan , he finished his degree in medicine from Cairo University in Egypt in 2002. Then he returned to his home country where he obtained his qualification in General Surgery and Cardio-Thoracic surgery. In 2016 Dr. Haddad joined Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio for an advanced Adult Cardiac Surgery fellowship where he worked world renowned surgeons in the field of cardiac surgery. In July 2019 Dr. Haddad joined Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville Florida for Cardio-Thoracic transplant fellowship. In his spare time Dr. Haddad enjoys reading , traveling and horse riding .
Conference Lecture Summary
Lyme Disease affects around 300,000 Americans each year, it is the most common tick-born disease in the northern hemisphere. Lyme disease can lead to death if not treated with antibiotics, it can cause cardiac, neurologic and joint problems with possible permanent tissue damage. Lyme disease is known to affect the heart usually in the form of conduction problems or inflammation of the heart muscle. Involvement of the heart valves is very rare. This case report is the second to be reported in the US and the fourth world wide. The message from the report is the importance of the routine use of the PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) to identify DNA of the causative organism in all explanted valve tissues . This will lead to increased awareness of Lyme Disease as a causative agent for Infective Endocarditis disease. The case report was published in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery journal.