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Does endocarditis usually cause many symptoms?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Martin Raff
In addition to the above, you may have back pain and evidence of emboli (fragments of infected material breaking off and clogging blood vessels). Other skin manifestations also occur, along with kidney damage, malabsorption, etc.
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