Selected Disorders of the Cardiovascular System

  • Timothy T. Robinson
  • Richard B. Birrer


Endocarditis is infection of the heart valves. Microorganisms (i.e., bacteria, fungi, protozoa) attack the valves of the heart and may cause scarring and subsequent stenosis or insufficiency of the valve. Untreated, the disease can lead to acute valvular incompetence, bacteremia, fulminant sepsis, and death. Endocarditis is classified into subacute or acute forms.


Kawasaki Disease Infective Endocarditis Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Rheumatic Fever Rheumatic Heart Disease 
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  • Timothy T. Robinson
  • Richard B. Birrer

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