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Main Risk Factor For Developing Infective Endocarditis
When a bacteria gets in the bloodstream, there is a chance of attaching to a heart valve. This is called endocarditis. If this happens, the bacteria can grow, causing lesions called vegetations to appear which can break off and plug small blood vessels in the hand, foot, or brain. The bacterial growth can also cause the valve to leak. If this is significant, valve ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
May be critical: IE - Infection of the inside lining of the heart and heart valves usually caused by bacteria can be life threatening. It can permanently damage heart valves . It requires immediate and aggressive medical attention usually in hospital as well as multiple IV antibiotics. It can also be caused by fungi and other agents. Serious! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Infective endocarditis is infection of one or more heart valves by a microorganism. Non-infective endocarditis is inflammation of a heart valve not caused by an infection. Nonbacterial thrombotic endocarditis is found in patients with malignancy, chronic wasting diseases, rheumatic and congenetal heart diseases and autoimmune diseases such as sle. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Potentially fatal: Infectious (bacterial) endocarditis is typically fatal without treatment, and occasionally fatal even with appropriate treatment. Typically, six weeks of IV antibiotics are required. Sometimes, the heart is damaged and requires surgical repair, and sometimes, the infection can not be cleared from the heart without surgery (abscess). ...Read more
Doesn't: Cardiomyopathy, by itself, does not 'lead' to endocarditis. Endocarditis is an infection of the lining of the heart and usually heart valves. However, if you have cardiomyopathy, there may be abnormalities of the heart valves too, particularly leaking valves. This may slightly raise the risk of getting endocarditis in certain circumstances. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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