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How does cardiovascular infection affect the heart?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Cardiovascular infection affects the heart by causing an inflammation of the heart tissues. The heart weakens as blood vessels narrow. There is danger that a vessel could rupture. The infection could also cause a blood clot to form resulting in a blockage. These problems may lead to a stroke, heart attack, or death.

Furqan H. Tejani, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Cardiovascular infections affect the heart by causing inflammation of the surfaces of the heart that are in direct contact with the blood. These include but are not limited to the valves of the heart. These valves can get leaky due to inflammation and serve as a place where infection can fester leading to further problems.

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