Endocarditis is inflammation or infection of the inner lining of the heart or heart valves. People with a heart defect, damaged or artificial heart valve, or history of heart surgery are more likely to develop endocarditis. Endocarditis can lead to stroke, heart failure, and death. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how endocarditis occurs, what the symptoms are, how to treat it, and much more.
What is Endocarditis?
Endocarditis is a serious heart infection that can put your life in danger. Learn how to prevent and treat it.
Dental Health and Endocarditis Prevention
Some dental procedures can trigger endocarditis, an inflammation in the heart. Find out who's at risk and how it can be prevented.
An Overview of Heart Valve Disease
WebMD explains the symptoms, causes, types, and treatment of heart valve disease.
Congenital Heart Disease
What are congenital heart defects? How can they affect you? Get the answers you need.