Differential Diagnosis III: Infective Endocarditis. Infective endocarditis is the infection and inflammation of the endocardium and the heart valves. Bacterial infections are the most common cause of infective endocarditis including streptococci, staphylococci, and enterococci.What are the risks of infective endocarditis ( IE )?
Infective endocarditis (IE) carries a high risk of morbidity and mortality. Rapid diagnosis, effective treatment, and prompt recognition of complications are essential to good patient outcome.What kind of medication do you take for endocarditis?
If endocarditis is caused by a fungal infection, your doctor will prescribe antifungal medication. Some people need lifelong antifungal pills to prevent endocarditis from returning.How does a doctor know if you have endocarditis?
Your doctor may suspect endocarditis based on your medical history, signs and symptoms you're experiencing, and your test results. A diagnosis of endocarditis is usually based on several factors instead of a single positive test result or symptom. Your doctor may order several tests to help make a positive diagnosis, including: Blood tests.