I'm a 77 year old male. One year after a successful replacement organic heart valve replacement I suddenly succumbed to Endocarditis earlier this year. The symptoms were similar to a cold i.e. raised temperature, feeling out-of-sorts, etc. Luckily I saw a doctor who detected a heart murmur and referred me to A&E . After the result of a blood test I was immediately admitted into hospital and placed on an antibiotic intravenous drip. I was in hospital for some 7 days and then had further antibiotic intravenous treatment a home for a further two weeks. Luckily I had caught the infection very early and made a good recovery. Obviously anybody who has had a replacement heart valve is more likely to pick up such an infection than the average person. Does this mean that from now on I have to have an immediate check-up at the doctor every time I have what appears to be a slight cold or chill which would normally be shaken-off within a week?
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