Bacterial endocarditis (say "en-doh-kar-DY-tus") is an infection of the heart valves or inner lining of the heart. It is caused by bacteria that enter the bloodstream and settle on one or more of the heart valves. This can damage the valves. In some cases, surgery is needed to replace a damaged valve.
Antibiotics can cure bacterial endocarditis. You may take antibiotics for several weeks. Now that you have had the infection, you are at risk for getting it again. It is important that you let all your other health professionals—including your dentist—know that you have had bacterial endocarditis.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
January 27, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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