Bacterial endocarditis is most likely to occur in patients who have the following conditions:
Patients who have successful surgical repair of these heart conditions can greatly reduce their risk of developing bacterial endocarditis.
A common sign of bacterial endocarditis is prolonged fever for two to three days in patients with congenital heart disease, particularly after a dental, intestinal or urinary tract procedure.
Symptoms also may include:
Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.
Cardiovascular Care and Prevention Center at Mission Bay
535 Mission Bay Blvd. South
San Francisco, CA 94158
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