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Most people with endocarditis have symptoms that begin within 2 weeks after becoming infected. Vague, flu-like symptoms, such as a low-grade fever and fatigue, often occur first. But infection with a powerful strain of bacteria may cause symptoms to be more severe (such as a high fever) and to appear much faster, within a few days. If symptoms persist, see your doctor, especially if you are at a high risk for endocarditis.
You will likely have symptoms if you have a complication of endocarditis. Complications may include:
Exams and Tests
The first step in diagnosing endocarditis is a review of your medical history and a physical exam.
As part of your medical history, your doctor will ask you:
As part of your physical exam, your doctor will check your body for signs of an infection. This includes:
Other tests may be needed to diagnose endocarditis. They include:
You may need other tests to identify complications of endocarditis. These tests may include:
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