INFUSION THERAPY MEDICAL GLOSSARY
Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of the heart’s chambers and valves
The condition typically occurs when bacteria, fungi or germs enter the bloodstream (most often through the mouth) and connecting to damaged areas of the organ.
Patients with heart valves that are damaged have a much higher risk factor for endocarditis.
Treatment for infective endocarditis is usually four to six weeks of antibiotics, administered intravenously (through the vein).
Endocarditis is a serious condition, and if not addressed with treatment quickly, can be life threatening.