Endocarditis is an infection of the endocardium. This is the inner lining of the heart chambers and valves. It is a rare condition and usually does not affect people with healthy hearts. Treatment of the disease depends upon the kind of endocarditis.
We shall be dealing in this discussion with infective or bacterial endocarditis. Infectious agents or pathogens mainly cause bacterial endocarditis. These are largely bacterial, but a few other organisms can also be responsible. How fast the disease can progress will depend upon what kind of germs are causing the infection. It will also depend on whether a patient has an underlying heart problem. Furthermore, the symptoms can vary for every individual.
1. Flu-like symptoms
Fevers and chills are symptoms you might experience when affected by bacterial endocarditis. Many of us are not aware that an elevated body temperature is an indication. It shows that the body’s immune system is combating an infection. If the body is strong enough, the body could succeed in resolving the infection. In instances when the temperature rises too high, the body cannot cope up with the infection. This is a sign that the fever is serious and without treatment, may lead to complications.
Chills are feelings of coldness and usually come with shivering. You can experience this even without a fever. This typical condition occurs when the body gets exposed to a cold environment. Any condition that can cause fever can also cause chills.