Diagnosis - Cardiac MRI

Endocarditis

Endocarditis is an infection of the heart’s inner lining. This infection generally occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of the body travel through the bloodstream and infect wounded areas of the heart. Endocarditis can damage or completely destroy the valves of the heart if left untreated, leading to life-threatening complications. Endocarditis is often treated with antibiotics. In severe cases, surgery may also be necessary. Endocarditis does not generally affect people with a healthy heart. The risk of suffering endocarditis increases in people with damaged heart valves, heart valve implants or other heart defects.