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Does a cure exist for acute myocarditis in infants?

Does a cure exist for acute myocarditis in infants?

Care is supportive: Acute myocarditis is variablle in its eventual effect on a pt.At any age. Care is generally supportive during the acute phaze and recovery may be full or partial. With partial recovery a kid may need meds to help the heart during childhood but eventual rx may require a heart transplant. I believe the fda recently approved a VAD (ventricular assist device) for limited use in kids awaiting a heart. ...Read more

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Dr. Vipin Khetarpal
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What causes acute myocarditis?

What causes acute myocarditis?

Myocarditis: Most commonly acute myocarditis is causes by a virus. There are other infectious causes such as bacteria or fungus but these are less common. There are also other causes, but again these are much more rare. ...Read more

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Could you please tell me what causes acute myocarditis?

Lots of causes..: But commonly viral ---Coxsackie (A, B), Adenovirus, Influenza (A, B), Herpes simplex, Cytomegalovirus, Varicella-zoster virus, Epstein-Barr virus, Mumps, Rubella, Rubeola, Vaccinia, Rabies, Coronavirus, Hepatitis B, HIV. Other casues include bacteria, parasites, fungi, protozoa, autoimmune, drugs (cardiotoxins), radiation, some systemic disorders (e.g. thyrotoxicosis,s arcoidosis). ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from acute myocarditis?

Myocarditis: Recovery from myocarditis varies. Some mild forms can fully recover quickly. In some cases acute myocarditis progresses to a chronic form of heart failure. In rare instances acute myocarditis is fulminant, requiring significant medical and/or mechanical support and possibly a heart transplant. ...Read more

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Is it common to get Acute Myocarditis after a common cold? Specifically, more than likely a Rhinovirus. If so, is mortality high?

Is it common to get Acute Myocarditis after a common cold? Specifically, more than likely a Rhinovirus. If so, is mortality high?

No: Myocarditis is a rare disease, but not extremely rare. It does happen to people, but it is hard to find any exact numbers about it. Maybe one's chances of getting it are 1 in 5000 or 1 in 10000 people... these are just rough estimates. Likewise, it's not known how many cases are happening after Rhinovirus infections. ...Read more

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My sister died of sudden acute myocarditis which the doctor said was related to long qt syndrome. Is this hereditary. Can i be tested?

My sister died of sudden acute myocarditis which the doctor said was related to long qt syndrome.  Is this hereditary.  Can i be tested?

Yes and yes: This disorder can be due to a number of genetic defects. You can get tested by an ECG and it can be treated. See your doctor and check this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/long-qt-syndrome/ds00434. ...Read more

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Recovering viral myocarditis -smaller areas of hypokinesia each time on mri-carry what risks? Are the risks mainly associated with acute myocarditis?

Acute vs long term: A myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle, often triggered by a virus, but not always. In an early myocarditis the muscle could fail with a fatal result.If you are recovering this puts you into the better outcome category.The heart muscle can heal up to a certain level and meds can help it along.Your level of function can be very good or less so.Only time will tell. ...Read more

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Can myocarditis be cured by diet alone?

Can myocarditis be cured by diet alone?

No: Medication is almost always needed at least for a while. Many cases improve or resolve over time regardless. Mild cases may be detected incidentally, without any apparent cardiac complaints. ...Read more

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Could acute viral myocarditis be a congenital worry in children?

Rare but possible: A viral myocarditis can present at any age from before birth to old age. Various viral infections can infect the mother during pregnancy and cross the placenta to infect baby. The heart may or may not become inflamed in this process.Acquisition of a virus that causes a myocarditis could occur at any point after delivery. ...Read more