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What is endocarditis?

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Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatrics - Cardiology
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Barton Cook
Dr. Barton Cook
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Dr. Rick Koch
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Infection of valve

Infection of heart valve.
Frequently diagnosed by echocardiogram....Serious stuff...Get evaluated if concerned.

In brief: Infection of valve

Infection of heart valve.
Frequently diagnosed by echocardiogram....Serious stuff...Get evaluated if concerned.
Dr. Rick Koch
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Dr. Steven Bowers
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Infection

This is infection inside the heart.
It is is caused by bacteremia which gives the bacteria an opportunity to seed an area in the heart. It occurs in areas of the heart with structural abnormalities, like abnormal heart valves. Iv drug abusers are at particularly increased risk of endocarditis. Endocarditis can be difficult to diagnose because symptoms are nonspecific.

In brief: Infection

This is infection inside the heart.
It is is caused by bacteremia which gives the bacteria an opportunity to seed an area in the heart. It occurs in areas of the heart with structural abnormalities, like abnormal heart valves. Iv drug abusers are at particularly increased risk of endocarditis. Endocarditis can be difficult to diagnose because symptoms are nonspecific.
Dr. Steven Bowers
Dr. Steven Bowers
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