Infective Endocarditis (IE), also known as bacterial endocarditis (BE), is an infection caused by bacteria which enters the bloodstream and remain in the heart lining, a blood vessel or heart valve. While it is an uncommon condition, patients with certain heart conditions have a higher risk of developing IE, which may lead to other heart valve diseases.
One may experience prolonged fever and chills as a symptoms of Infective Endocarditis.
Risk factors include prosthetic heart valves, intracardiac devices, diabetes mellitus, immunosuppression, intravenous drug use.
Antibiotics can treat IE. For severe case, surgical intervention might be needed.
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