The symptoms of endocarditis vary according to the overall health of the patient and the specific type of germ that is responsible for the infection. Generally speaking, though, indicators of endocarditis include:
- Flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue, fever, chills, muscle aches, and night sweats
- Shortness of breath
- A newly developed or changed heart murmur
- Skin irregularities, including tiny, colored bumps or spots under the fingernails, on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, chest, mouth, or whites of the eyes
- Blood in urine
- Tenderness around the spleen (located just below the rib cage on the left side of the body)
- Swelling in the abdomen, legs, or feet
- Unexplained weight loss
It is important to note that the large majority of endocarditis patients have a history of heart conditions, especially damaged heart valves. Because of this, patients with compromised cardiovascular health should be particularly mindful of endocarditis symptoms, and should promptly consult with a physician if any signs of infection develop. Untreated endocarditis may cause life-threatening complications.
Tampa General Hospital offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services to men and women with symptoms associated with endocarditis. Patients who are diagnosed with endocarditis or related heart conditions receive leading-edge care from veteran cardiologists and other specialists at TGH’s 77,000 square-foot heart and vascular institute, which is equipped with the latest advances in cardiovascular treatment technology.
If you are experiencing symptoms that are consistent with endocarditis, be sure to use Tampa General Hospital’s PhysicianFinder to find a cardiologist who can properly evaluate and treat your condition.