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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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What is myocarditis?

Myocarditis: Myocarditis is an inflammatory disease of the myocardium. The myocardium is the middle layer of the heart wall. Myocarditis can range from mild to very severe. The american journal of cardiovascular pathology goes further and describes it as "an inflammatory infiltrate of the myocardium with necrosis and/or degeneration of adjacent myocytes.". ...Read more

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How common is myocarditis?

How common is myocarditis?

Rare but: More common with HIV positive patients. Since myocarditis is often due to a viral illness, many patients give a history of symptoms consistent with a recent viral infection, including fever, rash, diarrhea, joint pains, and easy fatigueability.Myocardial inflammation can be suspected on the basis of electrocardiographic (ECG) results, elevated c-reactive protein (CRP) and/or erythrocyte sed rates. ...Read more

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Can myocarditis hereditary?

No: Myocarditis is not really a genetic disease. Genetic factors passed on to children can make them more susceptible. ...Read more

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Can you die from myocarditis?

Can you die from myocarditis?

Myocarditis: Yes. Death can occur if myocarditis results in heart failure from failure of pumping or cardiac arrythmias. ...Read more

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Would I no if I had myocarditis?

Would I no if I had myocarditis?

Sometimes: Myocarditis is frequently without symptoms. If you were to have symptoms, they could include a sharp chest pain, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches, palpitations, or fatigue. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of myocarditis ?

Chest pain: Typical symptoms of myocarditis re chest pain, shortness of breath and palpitations (irregular heart beat) Check out this site for more information. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/myocarditis/basics/symptoms/con-20027303 If you think you have this see a doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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At what age does myocarditis occur?

Any age: It may occur at any time, from infants to the elderly. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get myocarditis?

Maybe: Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscles) may occur from a variety of sources. In addition to viral infections there are bacterial, fungal, parasitic, and other inciting organisms. In addition one can have cancerous myocarditis and also a variety of metabolic conditions can also cause this (hemochromatosis, e.g.). Cannot calculate the overall frequency with which these occur. ...Read more

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What are the causes of myocarditis?

What are the causes of  myocarditis?

Myocarditis: The specific cause of myocarditis is often not identified, but there are numerous potential causes including infectious agents (viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites), connective tissue and autoimmune diseases, and medications, to name some. ...Read more