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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Viral Myocarditis (Overview)

Inflammation/ damage to heart muscle which is caused by a viral infection.


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How long is it take to recover from viral myocarditis?

How long is it take to recover from viral myocarditis?

Variable: Severe myocarditis either improves quickly or results in death. Other forms linger for months and eventually resolve. Chronic forms stabilize but never resolve. ...Read more

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
25 doctors shared insights

Viral Myocarditis (Overview)

Inflammation/ damage to heart muscle which is caused by a viral infection.


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What are the symptoms of viral myocarditis?

What are the symptoms of viral myocarditis?

None, some, many: Depending on the severity of the illness, you may not have any noticeable symptoms if very mild. Some may have chest pain, fever/sweat, chills, and shortness of breath. In severe cases, in addition to above, you may get palpitations, passing out, cardiogenic-shock (heart failure to pump) and death. If you have any concerns/symptoms above, consult doc asap. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of viral myocarditis?

What are the signs and symptoms of viral myocarditis?

Complicated: Some may be relatively without symptoms, although there may be fever, chest pains, and signs and symptoms of heart failure (another detailed subject). There may also be changes in heart rate and rhythm. Often the symptoms are not very specific and require detailed testing to establish the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the tests for viral myocarditis?

It depends: Usually start with ekg and blood tests then echocardiogram. Depending on severity, may also need a cardiac cath and biopsy. ...Read more

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I need to know what is your experience with viral myocarditis?

1/3-1/3-1/3: This is an oversimplification, but some have described myocarditis outcomes as 1/3 have a complete recovery, 1/3 have evidence of long-term heart injury, but survive, and 1/3 die or require heart transplantation for survival. Heart failure medicines or even circulatory support may positively affect outcomes. There are patient differences that affect outcomes and each virus has a different effect. ...Read more

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What do you do to treat viral myocarditis?

What do you do to treat viral myocarditis?

Generally nothing: Antiviral therapy for most of the viruses which cause myocarditis is not yet available. Support medically and hopefully recovery while rest and management of complications is attempted. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for viral myocarditis?

What is the treatment for viral myocarditis?

Several: Mainly vasodilators such as ace inhibitors or angiogtension receptor blockers (arb's), low dose beta blockers, occasionally inotropes such as digoxin, and sometimes vasodilators like calcium channel blockers like Nifedipine or amlodipine or nitrates. In severe cases, the effective short term treatments are left ventricular assist devices, and in life threatening cases, heart transplantation. ...Read more

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What are the best medicines to prevent recurrence of viral myocarditis?

There isn't one...: It is sad to say but we do not have any medicaction to prevent viral myocarditis. We actually have very few medication to treat viral infections--only available for hiv, herpes/chickenpox, hepb/c, and influenza. Fortunately these disease don't cause much problems with myocarditis, except hiv. Hiv can be treated. Get vaccines for influenza/chicken pox/hepb. Best is to keep healthy!. Good luck. ...Read more

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What steps can one take to reduce the recurrence risk of viral myocarditis?

Not much: Viral infections are very difficult to avoid, and there is no vaccine for the viruses most commonly involved in producing myocardial inflammation. ...Read more

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Can you explain viral myocarditis\?

Can you explain viral myocarditis\?

Definition: This is an inflammation of the heart muscle which has been infected by a virus (coxsackie virus is one example). There is often recovery after the acute illness has passed, but some patients may have such damaging disease that the heart is permanently impaired, sometimes to the extent that a transplant is an option. ...Read more

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What are the tests for viral myocarditis?

It depends: Usually start with ekg and blood tests then echocardiogram. Depending on severity, may also need a cardiac cath and biopsy. ...Read more

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What do you do to treat viral myocarditis?

Generally nothing: Antiviral therapy for most of the viruses which cause myocarditis is not yet available. Support medically and hopefully recovery while rest and management of complications is attempted. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of viral myocarditis?

None, some, many: Depending on the severity of the illness, you may not have any noticeable symptoms if very mild. Some may have chest pain, fever/sweat, chills, and shortness of breath. In severe cases, in addition to above, you may get palpitations, passing out, cardiogenic-shock (heart failure to pump) and death. If you have any concerns/symptoms above, consult doc asap. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the typical course with viral myocarditis?

What is the typical course with viral myocarditis?

No typical course: There is no typical course. Depends on the etiology (the causative agent), the initial presentation, the age of onset (kids are more likely to respond to immunoglobulin), the response to therapy, viral load etc. Some patients fully recover, some progress to heart failure with need for transplantation. ...Read more

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What can be done for a child with viral myocarditis?

What can be done for a child with viral myocarditis?

Viral myocarditis: This disease is caused by a virus; there is no specific treatment for the virus, which willl slowly go away by itself but will leave varying amounts of damage. Your doctors will focus on managing resulting symtpoms of heart failure and/or arrhythmias in the acute phase and later. Children, who do not have degenerative heart disease as well, usually do better than adults. ...Read more

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How long is it take to recover from viral myocarditis?

Variable: Severe myocarditis either improves quickly or results in death. Other forms linger for months and eventually resolve. Chronic forms stabilize but never resolve. ...Read more

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I need to know what is your experience with viral myocarditis?

1/3-1/3-1/3: This is an oversimplification, but some have described myocarditis outcomes as 1/3 have a complete recovery, 1/3 have evidence of long-term heart injury, but survive, and 1/3 die or require heart transplantation for survival. Heart failure medicines or even circulatory support may positively affect outcomes. There are patient differences that affect outcomes and each virus has a different effect. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about viral myocarditis & knows about it?

Heart infection: Viral myocarditis is an infection of the heart muscle by a virus. Many viruses can cause myocarditis. In some cases, complete recovery is possible. At the other extreme, the damage to the heart can be so severe as to cause death. Several treatments appear to have positive effects on long-term outcome. Different viruses have different manifestations. ...Read more

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What steps can one take to reduce the recurrence risk of viral myocarditis?

Not much: Viral infections are very difficult to avoid, and there is no vaccine for the viruses most commonly involved in producing myocardial inflammation. ...Read more

Dr. Vipin Khetarpal
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Myocarditis (Definition)

Inflammation of the middle layer ...Read more