Endocarditis occurs when the inner lining of the heart (endocardium) becomes infected by bacteria that damages the heart valves, which can cause strokes and affect other organs in the body. In some cases, this happens slowly, while in others it comes on very quickly—subacute bacterial endocarditis versus acute endocarditis. Individuals at increased risk of endocarditis include those who have heart valve disease or an artificial heart valve, those with pacemakers, intravenous drug abusers, and patients born with certain types of heart defects. All patients will require treatment with high doses of antibiotics; in addition, surgery will be required to repair or replace damaged heart valves. See more about Endocarditis treatment

At Boston Medical Center, we have extensive experience in treating patients with infected heart valves. This extends beyond just our surgical team and involves a multidisciplinary approach, ensuring patients with this complicated diagnosis receive the highest quality care.

Departments and Programs Who Treat This Condition


Cardiac Surgery

Our cardiac surgery team works with all of your providers, as well as you and your family, to treat heart issues that require surgical treatment.

Cardiovascular Center

Our expert, multidisciplinary team offers a wide range of services to both treat and prevent cardiac diseases and conditions. From stents to smoking cessation, we can help you kee…