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What are the presenting symptoms of an infection of heart valves?

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Dr. Michael Zevitz
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Numerous

An infection of the heart valves, known as endocarditis, is a very serious disorder. Symptoms usually stem from infection in the blood stream and include fever, chills, possible low blood pressure or even shock, heart failure, shortness of breath, and may include severe damage to the infected valve causing severe leakage of the valve, requiring emergency valve replacement surgery.

In brief: Numerous

An infection of the heart valves, known as endocarditis, is a very serious disorder. Symptoms usually stem from infection in the blood stream and include fever, chills, possible low blood pressure or even shock, heart failure, shortness of breath, and may include severe damage to the infected valve causing severe leakage of the valve, requiring emergency valve replacement surgery.
Dr. Michael Zevitz
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