The symptoms vary from patient to patient depending upon the existence of an underlying or pre-existing heart condition and the type of the germ that's causing the infection.
Symptoms may include aching muscles and joints, chills, fever, headaches, breathlessness, a new or change to an existing heart murmur, nausea, or a swelling to the abdomen, legs or feet.
Management of this condition often requires admission to hospital. In addition to blood tests, your consultant is likely to use an echocardiogram (TTE) to image your heart, and may then require an transesophageal echo (TOE) to obtain a clearer image. Both assessments are pain free, although there may be a little discomfort during the TOE when the ultrasound probe is passed down the oesophagus (food pipe).
Vegetations and clots are treated in the first instance by a course of antibiotics, however, surgery may be required depending on the severity of the condition.
This minimally invasive procedure is used to close holes in the heart. [READ MORE]
This scan is used to ascertain the risk of a heart attack or stroke within the next 5-10 years. [READ MORE]
An 'echo' is an ultrasound scan of the heart to assess structure and function. [READ MORE]
These scans enable cardiologists to view detailed images of the heart’s anatomy. [READ MORE]
Sometimes an ‘echo’ scan of the heart requires an ultrasound probe to be passed down the food pipe to provide a clearer image. [READ MORE]