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Endocarditis

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by Carson-DeWitt R
 

Causes

Causes of endocarditis include:
  • Bacterial infection, which is the most common cause
  • Viral or fungal infection
  • Medical conditions that result in blood clotting too easily, causing a noninfectious form
Bacterial Endocarditis
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Risk Factors

Factors that increase your risk of getting endocarditis include:
 

RESOURCES

American College of Cardiology
http://www.acc.org

American Heart Association
http://www.heart.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
http://ww2.heartandstroke.ca

University of Ottawa Heart Institute
http://www.ottawaheart.ca

 

References


Braunwald E, Zipes DP, Libby P, et al. Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders Company; 2001.


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Infective endocarditis. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/CongenitalHeartDefects/TheImpactofCongenitalHeartDefects/Infective-Endocarditis%5FUCM%5F307108%5FArticle.jsp . Updated March 20, 2013. Accessed March 20, 2013.


Infective endocarditis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated September 5, 2012. Accessed March 20, 2013.


DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance : Wilson W, Taubert KA, Gewitz M, et al. Prevention of infective endocarditis. Guidelines from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2007 Apr 19. [Epub ahead of print]

 

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