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Dr. Warren Foster Dr. Foster
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology
16 years in practice
Emory University School of Medicine
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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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Myocarditis (Definition)

Inflammation of the middle layer ...Read more


Dr. Mark Zweben Dr. Zweben
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
27 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Michael Moran Dr. Moran
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
29 years in practice
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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

Dr. Elizabeth Wallen Dr. Wallen
Pediatrics
31 years in practice
The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Frederick Tibayan Dr. Tibayan
Surgery - Thoracic
19 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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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

Dr. Michael Silverman Dr. Silverman
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
years in practice
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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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Dr. Barton Cook Dr. Cook
Pediatrics - Cardiology
27 years in practice
University of South Alabama College of Medicine
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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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Dr. Susan Rhoads Dr. Rhoads
Family Medicine
34 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
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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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Dr. Michael Zevitz Dr. Zevitz
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
33 years in practice
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
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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

Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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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

Dr. David Krulak Dr. Krulak
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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How many cases of myocarditis a year in the United States?

Hard to say: Many cases of myocarditis are clinically asymptomatic and resolve without treatment - thus hard to count. As many as 1-5% autopsies show evidence of this condition. One estimate is that there are 24,000-30,000 new cases every year. ...Read more

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Dr. Jason Adler Dr. Adler
Pediatrics - Critical Care
20 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Nelson Nicolasora Dr. Nicolasora
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
21 years in practice
Remedios T. Romualdez Medical Foundation
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Can a common cold cause myocarditis ?

Can a common cold cause myocarditis ?

Rarely....: The most common cause of common colds is rhinovirus a virus not know to cause myocarditis. The common viral agents that can cause myocarditis like Cosackievirus esp. type B, Adenovirus, Influenza are less common causes of common cold. The risk of having a myocarditis after an infection with either of the latter viruses is quite rare. Hit or miss. ...Read more

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
Pain Management
32 years in practice
UCLA School of Dentistry
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Toothache am I at risk of myocarditis?

Toothache am I at risk of myocarditis?

Not likely: There is no myocarditis reported by studies or by people with Toothache yet. ...Read more

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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How rare is sudden death from myocarditis ?

Myocarditis: read this: http://www.myocarditisfoundation.org/pdf/MyocarditisAndSuddenDeath.pdf

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Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Is myocarditis a life threatening condition?

Yes: But this depends on the cause, the severity and the rapidity with which one seeks medical assistance. ...Read more

Dr. Vasudev Ananthram Dr. Ananthram
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
28 years in practice
Bangalore University, Bangalore Medical College
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Dr. Arold Augustin Dr. Augustin
Internal Medicine
28 years in practice
State University of Haiti School of Medicine
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Dr. Faryal Ghaffar Dr. Ghaffar
Pediatrics
26 years in practice
University of Karachi, Dow Medical College
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Dr. John Szawaluk Dr. Szawaluk
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
27 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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What is the prognosis in patient with myocarditis?

What is the prognosis in patient with myocarditis?

Depends: On the severity. In mild cases patients usually do reasonably well. See a cardiologist. ...Read more