Endocarditis - Infection of the Heart Valves
Am I at RiskAnyone may develop endocarditis, but people with heart valve disease, congenital heart disease, or a history of heart surgery have the highest incidences of the condition. Endocarditis may occur from bacterial infections following dental procedures or surgery. IV drug abusers who do not use clean needles are at a higher risk. It is important for people at risk for endocarditis to receive antibiotics prior to dental work or surgery.
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