What is Endocarditis?
Infection and/or inflammation of heart valve(s) may be due to bacteria (rarely fungus or virus) in the blood stream attaching to and damaging the heart valves; in other cases, the immune system may attack the valves (auto-immune).
What are the Symptoms of Endocarditis?
Signs and symptoms of endocarditis may include:
Muscle and/or joint pain
Painful sores on your fingers/toes
Red spots on your palms/soles
Dark lines in the finger nails
How is Endocarditis Diagnosed?
Testing for endocarditis may include:
How is Endocarditis Treated?
Endocarditis treatment usually consists of intravenous antibiotics but in cases of significant bacterial build up, abscess, embolism and/or valve damage, surgery may be required to repair or replace the valve.