Jefferson University Hospitals


Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of your heart (endocardium) that typically occurs when bacteria or other germs spread through your bloodstream. It is important to seek treatment for this condition to avoid damage to your heart valves which can be life-threatening.

If you or someone you care for has been diagnosed with endocarditis, turn to the expert cardiologists at Jefferson's Heart Institute. Because this is an infection, you will need blood tests to determine the type of infection so that your physician can choose the best antibiotic or combination of antibiotics to fight the infection.