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Uploaded on Nov 22, 2011
Endocarditis is an infection that damages the lining of the heart and the heart valves. It occurs when bacteria or other organisms enter the bloodstream and travel to the heart. A complication of this disease is heart failure and if left untreated can be life-threatening. A new study finds that heart valve replacement surgery was associated with improved outcomes for patients with endocarditis complicated by heart failure. Catherine Dolf explains in this week's JAMA Report.