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.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine

Current as ofJanuary 27, 2016

Current as of: January 27, 2016

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine