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My father has developed heart sac inflammation. What is it exactly?

My father has developed heart sac inflammation. What is it exactly?

Pericarditis: Pericarditis is an inflammation of the sac that surrounds the heart. It may be the result of an infectious process, chest trauma, certain environmental exposures (such as radiation), or other systemic (body-wide) inflammatory process that attacks the pericardium. Treatments are targeted towards the underlying process and may certain include anti-inflammatory agents. ...Read more

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Inflammation (Definition)

Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, ...Read more


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Are there natural ways to treat heart sac inflammation?

Are there natural ways to treat heart sac inflammation?

Not sure there is: Inflammation of the sac around the heart is called pericarditis. It can be caused by an infection , trauma , cancer , or after a heart attack. Usually nonsteroidals like Motrin in high doses are given . Rarely corticosteroids are given. Some evidence that Colchicine may be helpful in chronic inflammation. Hypothyroidism autoimmune dz also need r/o. No natural med i know of effectively treats this. ...Read more

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Ok i've got inflammation of the heart. What should I do?

Ok i've got inflammation of the heart. What should I do?

Sure?: The heart or the sac around it? The latter is relatively common and mostly benign, the former may cause more serious problems. Important to make the distinction. ...Read more

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My brother has inflammation of the heart. Is that something important?

My brother has inflammation of the heart. Is that something important?

Need specifics: That's a very general description with commensurately wide implications. This could be myocarditis (muscle), pericarditis (heart sac), endocarditis (heart valves or tissue), and due to infections (viral or bacterial or more unusual organisms) or rheumatologic conditions or due to adverse medication effects. The point is that the exact diagnosis and cause are important to sort out importance. ...Read more

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What is the inflammation of the inner lining of the heart called?

Endocarditis: The endocardium is the inner lining of the heart. If inflamed we call it endocarditis. ...Read more

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What causes inflammation of the heart? Is it from some infection?

What causes inflammation of the heart?  Is it from some infection?

Multiple causes: Infection, especially with viruses can cause heart inflammation. Bacterial infections, especially of the valves also cause inflammation. Any heart attack has attendant inflammation. Auto-immune diseases, e.g. Lupus can also cause heart inflammation. Rheumatic fever is an other example of heart inflammation. ...Read more

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Why could you get inflammation of a heart valve?

Rheumatic fever: Untreated strep throat (usually in children) can lead to rheumatic fever which can cause severe inflammation and permanent damage to a heart valve (rheumatic heart disease). ...Read more

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Is carditis infection or inflammation of the heart?

Is carditis infection or inflammation of the heart?

Can be both: Carditis can be due to infections with bacteria, viruses, fungi and non-infectious causes such as auto-immune disease, e.g. Rheumatic fever, lupus, post mi/cardiotomy syndrome, and radiation injury etc. ...Read more

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What is the definition of an inflammation of a heart valve?

What is the definition of an inflammation of a heart valve?

Endocarditis: The most common type of inflamed heart valve is due to infection, known as endocarditis. This is a life-threatening condition caused by germs, especially bacteria that attack heart valves causing holes, growths, thickening and scarring. This can lead to leaky valves. People with valve disease (except mild mitral valve prolapse without thickening or regurgitation) are at increased risk. ...Read more

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Can heart inflammation occur with rheumatic fever and not leave permanent damage?

Can heart inflammation occur with rheumatic fever and not leave permanent damage?

Yes: If rheumatic fever causes damage, it typically effects the heart valves. It sometimes does not show damage for several years after the rheumatic fever has passed. However, depending on the measurement of heart inflammation, evidence can be present, but not become a problem with the hearts function, future infection, or even permanent signs of damage. Follow w/ doctor for screening recommendation. ...Read more