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Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of the heart and heart valves. The condition is sometimes called infective endocarditis, and it can damage your heart, causing serious complications. Though infective endocarditis is potentially life threatening, most people who are treated with antibiotics recover.What is the most common cause of infective endocarditis?
In general, we can say that most common causes of infective endocarditis are Streptococcus viridans and Staphylococcus aureus. Depending on the presentation of the disease, medication or surgical procedure has to be followed.How is endocarditis transmitted?
Transmission of Endocarditis from Person to Person. Endocarditis has subtypes that are considered contagious and also has subtypes that are not contagious. Generally the disease can be transmitted by saliva, air, cough, fecal-oral route, surfaces, blood, needles, blood transfusions, sexual contact, mother to fetus, etc., but not ALL subtypes.