Most people with
endocarditis have symptoms that begin within 2 weeks
after becoming infected. Vague, flu-like symptoms, such as a low-grade fever
and fatigue, often occur first. But infection with a powerful strain of
bacteria may cause symptoms to be more severe (such as a high fever) and to
appear much faster, within a few days. If symptoms persist, see your doctor,
especially if you are at a high risk for endocarditis.
If you or someone you love requires emergency heart treatment, it will help to know when to get to the emergency room and what to expect. It's also important to know how to be prepared in the event of a heart attack.