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Endocarditis is a heart valve infection. In people susceptible to endocarditis, infection elsewhere in the body may travel through the bloodstream and settle in the heart valves, causing potentially fatal damage. Early treatment with antibiotics is critical.
Are you at risk for endocarditis? Read this Health Alert with guidelines for taking preventive antibiotics before certain procedures.
Our cardiologists treat endocarditis, but prefer to help avoid it altogether by teaching prevention techniques to people at risk.
When a heart valve is damaged by endocarditis, Johns Hopkins surgeons offer the least invasive treatment necessary for repair or replacement.