Myocarditis

Myocarditis, also known as inflammatory cardiomyopathy, is inflammation of the heart muscle. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, chest pain, decreased ability to exercise, and an irregular heartbeat. The... Wikipedia

  • Specialty:  Infectious disease, cardiology
  • Symptoms:  Shortness of breath, chest pain, decreased ability to exercise, irregular heartbeat
  • Duration:  Hours to months
  • Causes:  Usually viral infection, also bacterial infections, certain medications, toxins, autoimmune disorders
  • Diagnostic method:  Electrocardiogram, blood troponin, heart MRI, heart biopsy
  • Medication:  ACE inhibitors, beta blockers, diuretics, corticosteroids, intravenous immunoglobulin
  • Treatment:  Medications, implantable cardiac defibrillator, heart transplant
  • Frequency:  2.5 million with cardiomyopathy (2015)
  • Deaths:  354,000 with cardiomyopathy (2015)
  • Data source:  DuckDuckGo
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