Heart and Blood Conditions

Endocarditis Treatment

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    • For appointments in Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Federal Way, Olympia, Tri-Cities and Wenatchee, call 206-987-2515.
    • For appointments in Tacoma and Silverdale, call 253-272-1812.
    • For appointments in Alaska, call 907-339-1945.

    If this is a medical emergency, call 911.

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  • Locations +

    • Seattle Children's Main Campus: 206-987-2515
    • Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center: 425-454-4644
    • Everett: 425-304-6080
    • South Clinic in Federal Way: 253-838-5878
    • Olympia: 360-459-5009
    • South Sound Cardiology Clinics: 253-272-1812
    • Tri-Cities (Richland): 509-946-0976
    • Wenatchee: 509-662-9266
    • Pediatric Cardiology of Alaska: 907-339-1945
    • Seattle Children's doctors provide many cardiac services at regional sites throughout the Pacific Northwest. See our complete list of Heart Center locations.

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    • If you are a provider, fax a New Appointment Request Form (NARF) (PDF) (DOC) to 206-985-3121 or 866-985-3121 (toll-free).
    • No pre-referral work-up is required for most conditions. If you have already done testing such as an EKG, Holter monitor or echocardiogram, please fax this information as well as relevant clinic notes and the NARF to 206-985-3121 or 866-985-3121 (toll-free).
    • Your patient will be seen as quickly as possible by the provider who is the best match for managing the current problem.
    • View our complete Heart Center Referral Information (PDF).

This infection is usually treated with strong antibiotics ‐ medicines that fight germs like bacteria.

Endocarditis Treatment Options

Your child might need to stay in the hospital for a while and get antibiotics through a vein (intravenously, or by IV). Antibiotic treatment usually lasts four or six weeks. If your child is responding well to the IV antibiotics, your child may be able to finish IV antibiotic treatment at home. If the infection does not respond well enough to antibiotics, or if valve damage is severe, surgery may be necessary.

Preventive Steps

Certain people are at risk for endocarditis. These include:

  • Children who were born with heart defects
  • People who have mechanical heart valves or cyanosis
  • People who have had heart surgery within the past six months
  • People who have had endocarditis before

Talk with your doctor about whether your child needs to take any special steps for prevention.

Take special care of your child's mouth and teeth.  

  • The mouth is one of the most common sources of bacteria that cause endocarditis. Taking good care of the teeth and gums is the most important step everyone can take to prevent endocarditis. Children at the highest risk of endocarditis are also advised to take antibiotics before having dental work.

Watch for fever and illness.  

  • If your child is known to be at risk for endocarditis and they become ill with a sudden high fever or have a low- grade fever and tiredness for more than five days, they should see the doctor.

The best way to prevent complications from endocarditis is to have the diagnosis made as early as possible so that treatment can be started before the infection causes serious damage to the heart.

Contact Us

Contact the Heart Center at 206-987-2015 for a cardiac referral, a second opinion or more information.