Infective Endocarditis


Infective Endocarditis Infographic
This infographic highlights basic information about infective endocarditis alongside an anatomical image of a human heart.

Infective Endocarditis

  • Infective endocarditis is a life-threatening inflammation of the heart's chambers and valves that can be difficult and expensive to treat.
  • Like hepatitis and HIV, infective endocarditis can be caused by using needles that are not sterile.
  • Infective endocarditis associated with injection drug use can be prevented by:
    • Providing harm reduction services, including access to sterile injection equipment and promoting safer injection practices [Illustration of two capped, sterile syringes are shown.]
    • Increasing access to treatment for substance use disorders [Illustration of a prescription medication bottle is shown.]


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