en·​do·​car·​di·​tis | \ ˌen-dō-ˌkär-ˈdī-təs How to pronounce endocarditis (audio) \

Definition of endocarditis

: inflammation of the lining of the heart and its valves

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Recent Examples on the Web Symptoms of endocarditis can range from flu-like symptoms to swelling in the legs, feet, or abdomen, but the Mayo Clinic says symptoms can also include petechiae. Korin Miller, Health.com, "Everyone's Talking About Mitch McConnell's Discolored Hand—Here Are 10 Things That Can Cause Discoloration," 23 Oct. 2020 According to a 2013 study indexed in the National Institutes of Health, bacterial endocarditis can stem from dental treatment, but the occurrence is rare. Monica Haider, CNN, "New Jersey dentist suspended after 1 patient dies and 14 others suffer heart infections," 4 Feb. 2020 Fifteen individuals who were treated at the dental office of Dr. John Vecchione in Budd Lake between 2012 and 2014 suffered from bacterial endocarditis. Monica Haider, CNN, "New Jersey dentist suspended after 1 patient dies and 14 others suffer heart infections," 4 Feb. 2020 View Sample Sign Up Now The cause of death has been identified as cardio-pulmonary arrest secondary to multi-organ system failure, endocarditis, dilated cardiomyopathy and respiratory failure. Hillary Leung, Time, "A 44-Year Old Mexican Man Has Died in ICE Custody in Georgia," 26 July 2019 About nine days later, Madden was removed from opiate withdrawal monitoring and quickly began showing signs of infective endocarditis, such as high heart rate and low blood pressure, chest pain and a low-grade fever, according to the suit. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mother of Franklin man who died in jail sues Milwaukee County," 21 May 2018 From 2014 through 2016, the three hospital systems in Knoxville had provided valve surgery to 117 patients diagnosed with endocarditis from injecting drugs. Abby Goodnough, New York Times, "Injecting Drugs Can Ruin a Heart. How Many Second Chances Should a User Get?," 29 Apr. 2018 Humans with salmonella can suffer the same issues as pets plus, in rougher hits of salmonella, urinary tract infections, endocarditis and artery infections. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Some states prohibit this pet. That doesn't mean its food should have salmonella. | Miami Herald," 16 Apr. 2018 Pollard has been lobbying hospital systems in Knoxville to provide addiction treatment for willing endocarditis patients, at least on a trial basis, after their surgery. Abby Goodnough, Anchorage Daily News, "Injecting drugs can ruin a heart. How many second chances should a user get?," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of endocarditis

circa 1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for endocarditis

New Latin

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“Endocarditis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endocarditis. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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Medical Definition of endocarditis

: inflammation of the lining of the heart and its valves

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