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Am I at risk of infective endocarditis?

Am I at risk of infective endocarditis?

Only some heart conditions put you at an increased risk of developing infective endocarditis. These include:

  • some types of disease affecting the heart valves

  • a condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, in which the muscle wall of the heart becomes thickened

  • having had infective endocarditis before

  • some types of heart problem present from birth that affect the structure of the heart, even if you have had an operation to correct the problem (but if you have a condition called an isolated atrial septal defect, a repaired ventricular septal defect or a repaired patent ductus arteriosus, you are not at increased risk of infective endocarditis)

  • having a replacement heart valve.