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A 24-year-old female asked:

can someone please answer how common is myocarditis and how do u no the difference between flu and myocarditis ?

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Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Flu and myocarditis: Classical flu is fever, URI symptoms, body aches. Flu can lead to myocarditis. Myocarditis can be caused by many different agents including the flu. Hope that helps.

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A 23-year-old member asked:

What is myocarditis?

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Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 36 years experience
Myocarditis: Myocarditis is an inflammatory disease of the myocardium. The myocardium is the middle layer of the heart wall. Myocarditis can range from mild to very severe. The american journal of cardiovascular pathology goes further and describes it as "an inflammatory infiltrate of the myocardium with necrosis and/or degeneration of adjacent myocytes.".
Dr. Carlos Orrego
Cardiology 28 years experience
POT is diagnosed after other problems are excluded including myocarditis. Hypotension and tachycardia can be found during an episode of myocarditis which usually improve after inflammation is resolved if LV ejection fraction is not compromised. Therefore, the diagnosis of POT can not be done at he same time.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

At what age does myocarditis occur?

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Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Any age: It may occur at any time, from infants to the elderly.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can myocarditis hereditary?

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Dr. Barton Cook
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No: Myocarditis is not really a genetic disease. Genetic factors passed on to children can make them more susceptible.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to recover from myocarditis?

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Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Variable: Severe myocarditis either improves quickly or results in death. Other forms linger for months and eventually resolve. Chronic forms stabilize but never resolve.
A 28-year-old member asked:

Do a lot of people get myocarditis?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Maybe: Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscles) may occur from a variety of sources. In addition to viral infections there are bacterial, fungal, parasitic, and other inciting organisms. In addition one can have cancerous myocarditis and also a variety of metabolic conditions can also cause this (hemochromatosis, e.g.). Cannot calculate the overall frequency with which these occur.

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