Prognosis of Endocarditis

As soon as a patient is diagnosed with this infection, it is only natural for them and their family members to wonder what the prognosis of Endocarditis is, since it involves the heart, one of the most important organs of the body. However, do bear in mind that Endocarditis is treatable and several people have led a long and healthy life, in spite of being diagnosed with the infection. Early detection and treatment of the infection can improve the chances of a good outcome significantly.

Unfortunately, if the condition is left untreated, it could lead to further health problems, some of which can be quite severe. Given below are some of the possible complications that may arise if Endocarditis is not treated at the right time:

  • Strokes
  • Jaundice
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Formation of abscesses in the brain
  • Arrhythmias
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Changes in the brain or the nervous system
  • Blood clots that could cause further damage  or an infection
At times, there are certain complications that could arise in spite of going through the treatment. It is imperative that you seek emergency medical assistance if you experience any of these symptoms while or after getting treated for Endocarditis:

  • Frequent or severe pain in the chest
  • Presence of blood in the urine
  • Significant weight loss, without any major changes in the diet
  • Fatigue and weakness, for no apparent reason  
  • Pain in the chest