UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Cardiology

Title: left vs. right heart endocarditis

Keywords: endocarditis (PubMed Search)

Posted: 11/28/2011 by Amal Mattu, MD (Updated: 1/21/2022)
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Right heart endocarditis is much more common in patients that are injection drug users. Fortunately for them, they have a lower mortality than patients with left heart endocarditis because they have a lower rate of developing heart failure. This is a reminder that the most common cause of death from endocarditis is heart failure.