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Dr. Martin Raff
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Endocarditis (Overview)

A very serious infection of the inner lining of the heart and heart valves caused by bacteria or fungi.


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Does a cough from endocarditis go awAy if it’s not treated?

Does a cough from endocarditis go awAy  if it’s not treated?

Endocarditis: Endocarditis, an infection of a heart valve, doesn't usually cause a cough by itself unless there is associated congestive heart failure or embolism to the lungs. Clearing up these complications could, in theory, get rid of the cough. I have experience with several cases of endocarditis, but cough wasn't part of the symptoms. Others may have more experience with it,however. ...Read more

Dr. Martin Raff
255 doctors shared insights

Endocarditis (Overview)

A very serious infection of the inner lining of the heart and heart valves caused by bacteria or fungi.


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What is endocarditis?

What is endocarditis?

Heart infection: Infective endocarditis (ie) is an infection of the endocardial surface (lining) of the heart, which may include one or more heart valves, the walls, or a septal defect. People at greatest risk of endocarditis have a damaged heart valve, an artificial heart valve or other heart defects. ...Read more

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What causes endocarditis?

What causes endocarditis?

Infection: Bacteria are on #1 on the list, but fungus can do it too. Humans don't get heart worms, thank goodness. Viruses cause other kinds of mischief in the heart. ...Read more

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How is endocarditis treated?

How is endocarditis treated?

Antibiotics: Antibiotics are the mainstay of therapy. Depending on the specifics, surgery may also be necessary (valve replacement). ...Read more

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How is endocarditis diagnosed?

How is endocarditis diagnosed?

Fever, murmur: It is difficult to know for sure some times but if there is fever with elevated sedimentation rate with a positive blood clture in a patient with a murmur an abnormal heart valve which may or may not cause congestive heart failure. An echocardiogram. May show the vegetations in the valve. The history helps...Most common in HIV patients IV drug users, or elderly pts. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for endocarditis?

Who is at risk for endocarditis?

Endocarditis: Biggrst at risk individuals are those with congenitally abnormal or prosthetic valves. Also individuals with recurrent bacterial blood infections (e.g. Iv drug users). Confirmed by echocardiography. ...Read more

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How can endocarditis be diagnosed?

How can endocarditis be diagnosed?

Clinical findings: Endocarditis is an inflammation of the inside lining of the heart and often caused by a bacterial infection. It can be acute or subacute. The diagnosis is not made by any one test. Clinical examination can show certain physical features. Blood culture can identify a blood infection. Ecg and cardiac ultrasound can be useful to evaluate effects of the infection on the heart valves and muscle. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of endocarditis?

Multiple: Fever, skin hemorrhages especially under the nails, blood in urine, heart failure, weakness and pain in locations affected by thrombo-emboli from the cardiac vegetations. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of endocarditis?

What are the symptoms of endocarditis?

Many: Fever, weakness, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, weight loss. Signs include anemia, new or changing heart murmur, peripheral emboli and hematuria. Diagnosis is made by blood culture and/or demonstration of valvular vegetations on echocardiography. ...Read more

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Is symptoms of endocarditis worse at night?

No: Symptoms of endocarditis are the same throughout the day, but the sweating occurs mostly at night.
This symptoms you are talking about are concerning for several chronic diseases, but they all are treatable.
I strongly recommend you to go to your primary care physician and have those symptoms checked. ...Read more

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What body systems does endocarditis effects?

What body systems does endocarditis effects?

Endocarditis: read this: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/endocarditis/basics/definition/con-20022403

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Are symptoms of endocarditis worse at night?

Cardiac: Often endocarditis can be associated with a degree of pericarditis. This typically will be worse at night in the recumbent position. Endocarditis is an inflammatory or infectious process and typically night time is associated with more fever and discomfort. ...Read more

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How would you know if you have endocarditis ?

How would you know if you have endocarditis ?

Fever and murmer: Endocarditis refers to infection of any or all four heart valves. It can be bacterial, fungal or not an infection at all but an autoimmune disorder. It is generally recognized when its discovered a patient with a fever also has a new heart murmur caused by vegetations, lumpy growths on the heart valves that have been seeded by bacteria that has gained entry into the usually sterile bloodstream ...Read more

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Are symptoms of endocarditis worse at night ?

Please see your doc: It appears that you have posted more than a half dozen vague questions about this condition without providing any reason why. If you think you are ill, go see your doc. If you are obsessed with this condition but have no symptoms please see your doc & get a referral to a life coach that can help you with the stress. ...Read more

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How does endocarditis make you sick exactly?

How  does endocarditis make you sick exactly?

It's an infection: Endocarditis is an infection of the inside layer of the heart frequently including the heart valves. It can be acute with rapid distraction of the vales leading to heart failure. Chronic is slow and may present as on and off fevers and weakness antibiotics can resolve some before the valves are destroyed. ...Read more

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Can someone with endocarditis fully recover ?

Can someone with endocarditis fully recover ?

Yes: As long as the heart valve is not severely damaged, you may make a complete recovery without surgery. ...Read more

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Does endocarditis usually cause many symptoms?

Yes: Endocarditis, or infection of a heart valve, is a serious illness. In its acute form, there may be high fever, chills and sweats, generalized weakness, arrhythmias and heart failure. The subacute form is subtler and may gradually cause anemia, weakness, night sweats, weight loss, fatigue, depression and eventually heart failure. Either form is potentially lethal. If suspected, it needs evaluation. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get endocarditis?

Rare: From the perspective of the general public, it's a rare disease. Risk factors are intravenous drug abuse and poor dental hygiene. People who have developed a blood infection (septicemia) from any cause at are increased risk. People with underlying structural abnormalities of their valves or artificial valves are at higher risk. ...Read more

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Bacterial Endocarditis (Definition)

...Usually involving a bacteria (or sometimes a fungus) which attach to diseased or artificial heart valves. The bacteria usually get into the bloodstream from dental or other surgical procedures, but may enter through an inadvertent event. This is a very serious infection, requiring hospitalization, and often ...Read more


Treating Endocarditis (Definition)

Treating Endocarditis ...Read more