Bacterial Endocarditis | Questions to Ask Your Doctor

  • Am I at risk for bacterial endocarditis?
  • How can I make sure that health care workers and my dentist know about my risk for BE?
  • Do I need to take antibiotics? How should I take them?
  • Will antibiotics interact with any of the other medicine(s) I currently take?
  • Does bacterial endocarditis increase my risk for other long-term health problems?


Management of Bacterial Endocarditis by BE Giessel, MD; CJ Koenig, MD; RL Blake Jr, MD (American Family Physician March 15, 2000,

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 09/00