Infective endocarditis is an infection in the inner lining of your heart chambers and valves – the endocardium.
The infection develops when bacteria, fungi and germs normally found in your mouth, intestines, respiratory system and other parts of your body invade your bloodstream and get carried to your endocardium.
If not treated, the germs from infective endocarditis can multiply and form clumps. Bits of these clumps can break off and travel to other parts of your body. They can damage your central nervous system, your kidneys, your spleen, your brain or your lungs, in addition to your heart. That’s why it’s important to doctor with your doctor if you have symptoms.