Myocarditis

myocarditis

What is myocarditis?

Myocarditis. Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle. This illustration shows normal heart muscle compared to damaged heart muscle due to inflammation. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle (myocardium). Myocarditis can affect your heart muscle and your hearts electrical system, reducing your hearts ability to pump ...

Can myocarditis cause any complications?

Most people with myocarditis recover without any complications but in rare cases when inflammation is severe, there can be damage to the heart. In some cases, myocarditis can affect your hearts electrical system, stopping it from pumping properly. This can cause an abnormal heart rhythm, known as an arrhythmia.

What causes myocarditis to resemble a heart attack?

Myocarditis resembling a heart attack. Myocarditis can present with chest pain due to inflammation of the blood vessels supplying the heart. While the heart function is largely preserved, reversible coronary closing due to spasm can result from the influx of inflammatory cells.

What causes myocarditis in mice?

Myocarditis in a mouse heart. Cardiac inflammation stains purple. Viral infections are a leading cause of myocarditis. Inflammation occurs during the course of infection, putting stress on the heart that remains even after the infection is resolved.

What is myocarditis (myocardium inflammation)?

Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle. This illustration shows normal heart muscle compared to damaged heart muscle due to inflammation. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle (myocardium).

What is the history of myocarditis?

The initial descriptions of the condition are from the mid-1800s. The signs and symptoms associated with myocarditis are varied, and relate either to the actual inflammation of the myocardium or to the weakness and dysfunction of the heart muscle that is secondary to the inflammation.

What is the difference between myocarditis and pericarditis?

Myocarditis is differentiated from pericarditis because pericarditis is inflammation of the sac that surrounds the heart and does not involve heart muscle as myocarditis does. However, it is not unusual to have a patient present with both pericarditis and myocarditis.

What are the possible complications of myocarditis?

Possible Complications. If left untreated, myocarditis may lead to symptoms of heart failure, where your heart has trouble pumping blood the way it should. In rare cases, it leads to other problems, such as: Cardiomyopathy : The heart muscle weakens or the structure of the heart muscle changes. Pericarditis : Inflammation...

Most people with myocarditis recover without any complications but in rare cases when inflammation is severe, there can be damage to the heart. In some cases, myocarditis can affect your hearts electrical system, stopping it from pumping properly. This can cause an abnormal heart rhythm, known as an arrhythmia. What causes myocarditis?

What is the most common cause of myocarditis?

A viral infection is the most frequent cause of myocarditis, a rare heart condition. It means you have inflammation in your heart muscle. This weakens your heart muscle and makes it harder for your heart to pump. Some people don’t have symptoms, while others have severe symptoms. What is myocarditis?

What is the definition of myocarditis?

What is the most common cause of myocarditis?

A viral infection is the most frequent cause of myocarditis, a rare heart condition. It means you have inflammation in your heart muscle. This weakens your heart muscle and makes it harder for your heart to pump. Some people don’t have symptoms, while others have severe symptoms. What is myocarditis?

How does myocarditis affect the body?

Overview. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle (myocardium). Myocarditis can affect your heart muscle and your hearts electrical system, reducing your hearts ability to pump and causing rapid or abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias).

Can myocarditis cause arrhythmia?

Most people with myocarditis recover without any complications but in rare cases when inflammation is severe, there can be damage to the heart. In some cases, myocarditis can affect your hearts electrical system, stopping it from pumping properly. This can cause an abnormal heart rhythm, known as an arrhythmia. What causes myocarditis?

Can myocarditis cause a stroke or heart attack?

Myocarditis can cause blood flow to be reduced in certain parts of the body, may lead to blood clots developing in the heart, and can trigger a stroke or heart attack. This does not always happen, but it is possible when myocarditis becomes severe.

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