Endocarditis

Overview

Endocarditis usually occurs when germs from elsewhere in the body travel through the blood and attach to damaged areas of the heart. People with damaged or artificial heart valves or other heart conditions are most at risk.

Symptoms

Symptoms may include fever and chills, fatigue, aching joints and muscles, rash, and shortness of breath.

Treatments

The main treatment is antibiotics. Sometimes surgery is needed.

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017


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