The lead line pretty much says it all. My husband had valves replaced 20 years ago, and 13 years ago an annuloplasty ring was installed around his tricuspid valve. Sports a pacemaker. Rheumatic heart. Now has a bacterial infection and is on IV antibiotics. Would love to communicate with anyone who has like kind issues, and survived endocarditis as a result of the infection. Docs are not definitive about the IE because the echo and TEE were difficult to read because of the "equipment" in his heart. Anyone?