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Are there other ailments that can produce the same symptoms as endocarditis? Can endocarditis get better on its own or does it get progressively worse

Are there other ailments that can produce the same symptoms as endocarditis? Can endocarditis get better on its own or does it get progressively worse

No: A wide spectrum of inflammatory and infectious diseases may give the same symptoms. Endocarditis if confirmed with blood culture and echocardiogram requires aggressive IV antibiotic course for a duration of 4-6 weeks and it does not get better without trreatment ...Read more

Dr. Martin Raff
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Infection Of Heart Valves (Definition)

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


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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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What are symptoms of endocarditis?

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 most commom symptoms of endocarditis? Could cause endocarditis bradychardia or only tachycardia? Fever level by endocarditis? Thanks

What are the most commom symptoms of endocarditis? Could cause endocarditis bradychardia or only tachycardia? Fever level by endocarditis? Thanks

Endocarditis can: Throw some infected clots to parts of the body including the brain. There can be brain abscess with headache and confusion, fever, slow or fast heart rate depending on areas involved in the heart. Flame hemorrhages in eyes and under the nails, sob, chest pain, blood in urine, joint pains, body aches, murmur. So you see the signs and symptoms are so varied, you have to rely on your doctor. ...Read more

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Symptoms of endocarditis? Is always fever present or could stay endocarditis without fever? Constanly very red hands could be a symptom?Thanks

Symptoms of endocarditis? Is always fever present or could stay endocarditis without fever? Constanly very red hands could be a symptom?Thanks

Endocarditis: Fever occurs in >95% of patients with infective endocarditis. Not sure why you are speculating about having this disease, but red palms are in no way specific or even common in patients with endocarditis. Stay well and listen to your doctors. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hi, I have splinter hemorrhages on both thumbs but have no other symptoms. Can this be endocarditis.

Hi, I have splinter hemorrhages on both thumbs but have no other symptoms.  Can this be endocarditis.

Possible - unlikely: Splinter hemorrhages can be a sign of endocarditis, although they will generally then appear with lots of other signs and symptoms. However, they can also appear with various other conditions. In isolation, as you are describing, endocarditis sounds very unlikely but further evaluation may be worthwhile. ...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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Would endocarditis show symptoms within the same day as your dental visit?

Endocarditis: The "full-blown" symptom of endocarditis take several days, however, you may develop fever as the bacteria enter the blood stream (bacteremia). It is probable that in most cases the bacteria is cleared by the immune system, however sometimes the bacteria can settle in certain areas such a damaged or a synthetic heart valve and form vegetations (it takes about 5 days to be detected by ultrasound). ...Read more

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