What is endocarditis?
Endocarditis is an inflammation of the heart’s inner lining and most commonly brought about when bacteria enters the blood stream though another part of the body (most often the mouth). Risk factors for this intravascular infection include dental procedures, an abnormal or damaged heart valve and certain heart defects.
Mild cases of endocarditis have flu-like symptoms. Serious cases can cause:
Diagnosis can include an echocardiogram.
Treatment includes antibiotics and sometimes surgery.