The inside of our heart has a lining known as the endocardium. Pathogens are usually unable to get a foothold here but occasionally they can. When this lining does become infected, it becomes inflamed in a condition known as endocarditis.
Endocarditis is a condition that usually affects people that already have a heart condition, although it can affect healthy people as well. It is not necessarily a dangerous condition but patients should still make sure they get treatment because it can cause permanent damage.
Antibiotics are usually used to clear up the infection, while surgery may sometimes be needed. This article looks at 10 symptoms of endocarditis to be aware of.
Symptom #1: Fever
Any infection is potentially very serious. Thankfully, however, a lot of infections will remain fairly small and harmless. In some cases, infections are stopped even before they can take hold. This is largely thanks to our impressive immune system that springs into action whenever an infection is found.
One way that our body deals with infections is to turn the body into a place that is difficult for pathogens to thrive in. This means turning up the temperature, which is known as a fever. A fever is a sign that a part of your body has an infection. Fevers are not usually dangerous in themselves.