Pronounced: En-doh-kar-dite-issEn Español (Spanish Version)
The endocardium is the inner lining of the heart muscle. Endocarditis is an infection of this lining and the heart valves.
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
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Last reviewedSeptember 2012by Michael J. Fucci, DO
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