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Endocarditis Treatment Information
IU Health Infectious Diseases physicians provide expert treatment and diagnosis of endocarditis to minimize the damage to the heart.
- Complete blood count. We draw a small amount of blood to look for evidence of infection. White blood cells are immune cells that fight off bacteria, viruses and fungi. If you have a lot of white blood cells in your blood, you may have an infection.
- Echocardiogram. An echocardiogram uses sound waves to create an image of your moving heart. Our physicians examine the images of your heart to look for any abnormalities in how it looks and how it pumps blood. The procedure is noninvasive and painless.
- Blood culture. Cultures are often one of the first steps in diagnosing infections. We examine a small blood sample for the presence of bacteria or fungi. We may need to perform further testing to determine what treatment plan will work best for you.
- Antibiotics. Antibiotics are delivered intravenously (through an IV), straight into your bloodstream. Depending on your condition, you can receive antibiotics at home or at an outpatient center instead of the hospital. Receiving antibiotics on a long-term basis effectively treats endocarditis.
- Referral to specialists. If endocarditis causes heart damage, you will need heart surgery to repair your heart. We refer you to IU Health expert cardiothoracic surgeons for these procedures. After surgery, you may be referred to cardiologists, cardiac rehabilitation therapists or other specialists.
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Endocarditis Support Services
If you or a family member is at risk of endocarditis, learn more about preventing the condition at the reputable websites below.
A Sampling of Endocarditis Support Services
American Heart Association
This website discusses who is at risk for endocarditis and how to prevent it.
This website features information about the treatment, prevention and symptoms of endocarditis.