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What's difference (symptom wise) between Myocarditis & Giant cell myocarditis? I was tested for myocarditis 2 years ago- negative. Still symptomatic?

What's difference (symptom wise) between Myocarditis & Giant cell myocarditis? I was tested for myocarditis 2 years ago- negative. Still symptomatic?

Diagnosis difficult: Myocarditis is a difficult diagnosis to make, since it can mimic other diseases, & mistakenly be "ruled out" as a cause of disease. Heart biopsy is only way to verify its suspicion, but procedure itself may be more risky than its worth. In addition, biopsy can miss patches of myocarditis, giving false reassurance that it's absent. Many types of myocarditis, idiopathic & viral most common. ...Read more

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Dr. Vipin Khetarpal
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Can you tell me is giant cell myocarditis curable?

Not really: Very rare condition that requires highly specialized doctors and hospital to treat. Usually is treated with meds to suppress immune system and if fails then heart transplantation is required. Diagnosis is made by a biopsy of the heart. Symptoms are shortness of breath, chest pain, swelling, palpitations, fainting spells. Best advice: highly specialized hospital for heart diseases ...Read more

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Is giant cell myocarditis curable or is there some way to manage it?

Is giant cell myocarditis curable or is there some way to manage it?

Transplant! ASAP!: There is no known cure for giant cell myocarditis, it is rapidly fatal within 6 months in 70% of cases. You need to get to a transplant center immediately for an emergency heart transplant or a bridging device such as an lvad (left ventricular assist device). If not fatal, it will be treated the same as other causes of congestive heart failure, with medications. ...Read more

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After 2 years undiagnosed chest pain/palps/cough w/ lots of diagnostic tests.. Is it safe to say the cause being Giant cell Myocarditis is unlikely?

After 2 years undiagnosed chest pain/palps/cough w/ lots of diagnostic tests.. Is it safe to say the cause being Giant cell Myocarditis is unlikely?

Good grief: Been trolling the internet for obscure diseases? Yes, I'd say you are safe. Patients with this very rare disease go from this diagnosis to transplant list in about 5 months. So I think you are probably safe. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is giant cell myocarditis curable without a heart transplant?

Giant cell: Myocarditis is treated medically with drugs that suppress the immune system. This can delay transplant for months or even years in some cases. Even after transplant, giant cell myocarditis reoccurs in some patients, but not most, and it is usually not as severe. ...Read more

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How does myocarditis effect the body?

How does myocarditis effect the body?

Can be significant: Myocarditis can be associated with heart failure and therefore can have serious detrimental effects on the body. ...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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Why do some people die from myocarditis?

Hard to say: Every disease acts differntly in everyone else. Treatments sometime fail. You are scaring yourself silly worrying about this & worry makes you sick even if you don't have myocarditis. Posting & researching it all day is hurting you! Go for a walk, make some Xmas presents, go kiss someone you love, go see a funny movie. Dance! Happiness helps fight disease and improves health, mental & physical. ...Read more

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Are tests for myocarditis done in imaging?

Are tests for myocarditis done in imaging?

Two main tests: Echocardiogram (ultrasound) of the heart and biopsy of the heart muscle to confirm viral damage to the muscle tissue. ...Read more

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Any correlation between myocarditis and exercise?

Exercise: We generally recommend not doing vigorous exercise unless myocarditis has resolved. As far as causation, exercise isn't generally considered a cause of myocarditis. ...Read more