Endocarditis, a serious infection of one of the four heart valves is caused by growth of bacteria on one of the heart valves; leading to an infected massed called a "vegetation." The infection can be caused by having bacteria in the bloodstream after dental work, colonoscopy, or other similar procedures. Endocarditis symptoms include:
- aching muscles and joints,
- night sweats,
- edema in the legs, feet, or abdomen,
- shortness of breath and
- small skin lesions.
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