Endocarditis can produce a number of symptoms, which can develop gradually or suddenly. These include:
- Fatigue and weakness
- Fever, chills or night sweats
- Irregular heart beat
- Joint pain
- Shortness of breath
Causes and Risk Factors
Risk factors include intravenous (IV) drug use, previous valve surgery and recent dental surgery. Endocarditis is usually caused by a bacterial infection, but may also develop from fungal or unknown infections.