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Who is most at risk for endocarditis?

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If you have a healthy heart, it’s unlikely that you’ll develop endocarditis. You’re more likely to get it if you have heart problems or artificial heart valves, since this is where infection-causing germs can attach and multiply.

Your odds are higher of getting endocarditis if you have damaged or artificial heart valves, or if you were born with a heart defect. You’re also at greater odds if you’ve used intravenous drugs or had endocarditis in the past.

From: What is Endocarditis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: “What is Infective Endocarditis?”

Mayo Clinic: “Endocarditis.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What is Endocarditis?” “What is a Heart Murmur?”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 01, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: “What is Infective Endocarditis?”

Mayo Clinic: “Endocarditis.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What is Endocarditis?” “What is a Heart Murmur?”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 01, 2018

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