Re: Endocarditis Questions
I'm sorry to hear your friend had endocarditis. It sounds like she was able to be treated with antibiotics alone, which in itself is a very good sign. Endocarditis, can be caused by many different types of bacteria; however, the ones that predominate are the Viridans group Streptococcus (i.e. oral bacteria) and a guy named Staphylococcus aureus (whether MSSA or MRSA) which normally lives on the skin. The second bacteria I named tends to be more virulent and can cause so much damage to the valve that surgery is required.
That said, oftentimes the infection is relatively slowly progressive and when caught in time can be treated fully. Because she was caught early and her heart valve wasn't damaged, she will not die from this! She will eventually be able to live a normal life again...getting over the chronic fatigue may take a few months. Now that she's had endocarditis, she is at risk of getting it again, but even that is still pretty rare. If she gets any dental work or respiratory procedures, she'll require preventative antibiotics prior to the procedure, but otherwise, she should be fine.