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What is infective endocarditis? Does infective mean it's contagious?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Bacteria

Infective endocarditis is a bacterial blood infection that has infected the heart as well.
It is not contagious.

In brief: Bacteria

Infective endocarditis is a bacterial blood infection that has infected the heart as well.
It is not contagious.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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Dr. Rashed Hasan
Pediatrics - Critical Care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Endocarditis

Even though it is called infective endocarditis, it is not a contagious disease the way some other diseases are e.
g. Hicken pox is. The name implies that it is an infectious process that involves the structures of the heart (valves, the covering of the heart, and sometimes the muscles of the heart).

In brief: Endocarditis

Even though it is called infective endocarditis, it is not a contagious disease the way some other diseases are e.
g. Hicken pox is. The name implies that it is an infectious process that involves the structures of the heart (valves, the covering of the heart, and sometimes the muscles of the heart).
Dr. Rashed Hasan
Dr. Rashed Hasan
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Heart infection

Usually bacterial (rarely fungal) this infection affects the valves in the heart by causing an active infection damaging the valves.
In normal people this is rare, but those with congenital abnormalities of the valves or heart are more susceptible. Iv drug use can also increase the chances of this infection. It can be acute which is very serious, or subacute which tends to be harder to detect.

In brief: Heart infection

Usually bacterial (rarely fungal) this infection affects the valves in the heart by causing an active infection damaging the valves.
In normal people this is rare, but those with congenital abnormalities of the valves or heart are more susceptible. Iv drug use can also increase the chances of this infection. It can be acute which is very serious, or subacute which tends to be harder to detect.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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