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Prognosis

With prompt diagnosis and proper medical treatment, over 90% of patients with bacterial endocarditis recover. Those whose endocarditis affects the right side of the heart usually have a better outlook than those with left-side involvement. In cases in which endocarditis is caused by fungi, the prognosis is usually worse than for bacterial endocarditis.

Some possible complications of endocarditis include:

  • Congestive heart failure

  • Floating blood clots, called emboli, in the bloodstream that lodge in the brain, lungs or coronary arteries

  • Kidney problems

If acute endocarditis remains untreated, it can be fatal in less than six weeks. Untreated subacute endocarditis can cause death within six weeks to one year.

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