Infective Endocarditis - FAQs / Frequently Asked Questions

Infective Endocarditis
Infective endocarditis has been arbitrarily categorized as acute or subacute based on the length of symptoms before presentation.


1. Which doctor should I consult if I have infective endocarditis?

A specialist like cardiologist or in Internal Medicine can treat your ailment

2. How long would the treatment take?

Intense antibiotic treatment may take up to 8 weeks. Duration of therapy varies in cases where surgical management becomes inevitable.

3. What is the prognosis of infective endocarditis?

Infective endocarditis is a fatal disease if left untreated. Aggressive management improves the outcome. Mortality ranges from 17 to 36%.

4. Is there any racial predilection for IE?

IE has no racial predilection.

5. Does IE recur?

IE may relapse within 2 months of finishing clinically effective therapy.

6. What extra care should be required in a patient with a diagnosed?

Patient should be closely monitored for the development of heart failure.

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