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 ...

What are the symptoms of heart disease besides myocarditis?

For example, the symptoms of heart failure, including shortness of breath, fatigue, inability to tolerate exercise, and associated with difficulty breathing while laying down/sleeping are common to many heart diseases besides myocarditis.

What are the long-term effects of myocarditis?

In severe cases, myocarditis can cause abnormal heart rhythms, heart muscle disease and heart failure. These patients may need medication and/or mechanical support, like heart pumps, and a small number of patients require a heart transplant, she says.

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 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...

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