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A friend was just diagnosed with inflammation of the heart, is that a serious condition?

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Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Potentially yes: If caused by a virus, inflammation of the heart can lead to heart failure and serious life threatening arrhythmias. Immune diseases can also cause inflammation; the prognosis can vary depending on the individual and the severity. Even with viral infections good recovery is possible.
Dr. Mohammed Numan
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Myocarditis: This is called "myocarditis" about 30-40% of patients will be recovered completely with no complications, about 30% will have some cardiac damage (decreased function) and 30% will have serious complications including arrhythmia and heart muscle dysfunction.

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