Endocarditis can have a significant impact on a patient's quality of life (QOL).


The current status of the endocarditis will impact the patient:

(1) cured without need for ongoing therapy

(2) cured with the need for anticoagulation or other ongoing therapy

(3) not cured and requiring ongoing therapy


Physical consequences:

(1) cognitive impairment (difficulty concentrating, memory loss, etc)

(2) stroke sequelae

(3) fatigue

(4) chest pain


Emotional consequences:

(1) post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

(2) anxiety if ongoing problems exist

(3) drug abuse or other factors that the basis for the endocarditis


Life consequences:

(1) ability to work

(2) economic impact

(3) social impact, especially in activities that can be pursued

(4) need for assistance


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