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Bacterial endocarditis of the aortic valve

The heart with detail of a normal aortic valve and an infected aortic valve

In endocarditis, bacteria that have entered the bloodstream settle on the inside of the heart, usually on the heart valves.

Current as of: August 31, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology