You might first bring your symptoms to the attention of your family doctor, but he or she might refer you to an infectious disease specialist.
What you can do
Before your appointment, you may want to write a list of answers to the following questions:
- What are your symptoms and when did they begin?
- Are any of your heart valves malformed?
- Have you ever had heart surgery?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor may ask some of the following questions:
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- Have you been exposed to any barnyard or livestock environments recently?
- Have you come into contact with newborn animals within the past few weeks?
- Do you live near a large farming area?
- Are you pregnant?
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