Infective endocarditis

What is Infective endocarditis?

Infective endocarditis is a form of endocarditis. It is an inflammation of the inner tissues of the heart, the endocardium (such as its valves). It is caused by infectious agents, or pathogens, which are usually bacterial but other organisms can also be responsible.

The valves of the heart do not receive any dedicated blood supply. As a result, defensive immune system mechanisms (such as white blood cells) cannot directly reach the valves via the bloodstream. If an organism (such as bacteria) attaches to a valve surface and forms a vegetation, the host's immune response is blunted. The lack of blood supply to the valves also has implications for treatment, since drugs also have difficulty reaching the infected area.

Normally, blood flows smoothly through these valves. If they have been damaged - from rheumatic fever, for example - the risk of bacterial attachment is increased.

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I have been having night leg sweats for about a month. I have had several operations in the last year. I started having leg sweats immediately...

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Sweating for over a month of course...

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I was diagnosed with Infectious endocarditis of mitral valve. I had undiagonsable infection for three weeks. After Dr. finally figured out the...

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There is no need for specific tests, but I would advise you to have Echocadiography done once in a 6 months to evaluate mitral valve, if...

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I've been diagnosed with Mitral Valve regurgitation with Afib and given - first: sotalol (which gave me diarrhea) so was given porpafenone which I...

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I am afraid Afib is certainly a consequence from other heart conditions, and in no way a cause of these heart issues....

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