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What is the difference between endocarditis, myocarditis, and pericarditis?

What is the difference between endocarditis, myocarditis, and pericarditis?

Different structures: Endocarditis refers to an infection of the heart valves. Myocarditis is inflammation/infection of the heart muscle. Pericarditis is inflammation the pericardium which is the sac surrounding the heart. ...Read more

Dr. Martin Raff
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Endocarditis (Definition)

An infection of the inner lining of your heart. It generally occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to damaged areas in your heart. Left untreated, endocarditis can damage or destroy your heart valves and can ...Read more


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How do pericarditis myocarditis and endocarditis develop?

How do pericarditis myocarditis and endocarditis develop?

Similar & different: Infection can cause all three of these entities, however combination of all three is rather uncommon. Endocarditis is typically caused by a bacteria and rarely as an end result of major illness (lupus, etc.), myocarditis is very typically viral in etiology, and pericarditis can be infectious in etiology, or due to radiation, connective tissue disease (lupus or the like) or renal failure. ...Read more

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How do pericarditis, myocarditis, and endocarditis differ?

Location: Each of these involves infection or inflammation of the heart. Pericarditis is infection or inflammation of the outside lining of the heart. Myocarditis is inflammation or infection of the heart muscle. Endocarditis is infection or inflammation of the heart valves. ...Read more

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Can you define pericarditis, myocarditis, and endocarditis. How do these various conditions differ? How are they diagnosed and treated?

Can you define pericarditis, myocarditis, and endocarditis. How do these various conditions differ? How are they diagnosed and treated?

It varies: Pericarditis is inflammation of the sac around the heart that is often treated with antiinflammatories but may need surgery. Myocarditis can be a serious, often viral infection of the heart muscle. Treatment could be medication, artificial heart support or even a transplant. Endocarditis is an infection of the heart valves that may respond to antibiotics but might need a valve replacement. ...Read more

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Please tell me the difference between pericarditis and bacterial endocarditis?

Please tell me the difference between pericarditis and bacterial endocarditis?

Difference: Pericarditis is inflammation of the lining around the heart - the pericardium, generally with a fluid collection between the pericardium and the heart. Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of the heart, generally on a valve surface, either natural or artificial. ...Read more

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The difference between endocarditis and pericarditis?

The difference between endocarditis and pericarditis?

Carditis: Endo- is the lining of the heart, peri is the covering over thehe art. ...Read more

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Which Tests most accurate for diagnosis of Myocarditis and Pericarditis?

Which Tests most accurate for diagnosis of Myocarditis and Pericarditis?

Physician evaluation: There is no single test, complete history, physical exam, etc are needed before an accurate diagnosis can be made. ...Read more

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Can you have endocarditis or myocarditis without fever?

Can you have endocarditis or myocarditis without fever?

Never seen it: Highly unlikely. These illnesses are quite toxic and usually make one feverish ...Read more

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I have pericarditis/myocarditis, what are the chances of overcoming this?

Good: Usually myo pericarditis has a good prognosis. However it depends on the cause. Most common is idiopathic/unknown, and then viral. If cardiac function is good them outcome is excellent. With myocarditis and diminished cardiac function a third may recover, third may improve or remain the same, and third may deteriorate. ...Read more

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Would troponin, Creatine kinase and/or CK-MB be elevated with myocarditis and pericarditis?

Would troponin, Creatine kinase and/or CK-MB be elevated with myocarditis and pericarditis?

Yes: The level of rise would depend on the amount of damage to the myocardial cells.
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What is the difference between pericarditis and angina? Years ago I had test done in the er, was told there was swelling in the middle of my chest.

What is the difference between pericarditis and angina? Years ago I had test done in the er, was told there was swelling in the middle of my chest.

Substantial: Pain can be in same area.
But cause very different!
pericarditis is inflammation of the sac which surrounds the heart like a ziplock bag!

angina is ischemic pain of the heart muscle from coronary disease.
Some heart attacks will have pericardial, irritation, fluid, blood as part of the process. ...Read more

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What is the difference between constrictive pericarditis and restrictive cardiomyopathy?

What is the difference between constrictive pericarditis and restrictive cardiomyopathy?

Several: Constrictive pericarditis is a condition where the sac around the heart (the pericardium) becomes scarred and shrinks, which does not allow the heart to fill fully. Restrictive cardiomyopathy is a condition where the pericardium is normal, but the heart muscle itself is diseased in a way that does not allow the muscle to relax and the ventricle to fill. The treatment for each is different. ...Read more

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What is the? Difference between restrictive cardiomyopathy and constrictive pericarditis?

What is the? Difference between restrictive cardiomyopathy and constrictive pericarditis?

Intrinsic/extrinsic: Restrictive cardiomyopathy involves the heart itself becoming stiff and not filling properly which eventually can cause heart failure and need a transplant to treat. Constrictive pericarditis affects the sac around the heart entrapping the heart and causing similar symptoms but may be treated if needed by removing the sac from around the heart by surgery ...Read more

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What is the difference between restrictive cardiomyopathy and constrictive pericarditis?

Similar but differen: Constrictive pericarditis and restrictive cardiomyopathy both result in diastolic abnomlities of ventricular filling. CP can be thought of as a heart encased in a porcelain shell. In CP the ventricles fill up until the limits of the calcified pericardium (early filling) and then fill no more. In rc the heart is abnormal. Filling throughout diastole is slowed but possible. Doppler can help. ...Read more

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What's the difference between pericarditis and pleurisy?

What's the difference between pericarditis and pleurisy?

Different organs: The pericardium is a membrane that surrounds and protects the heart. When it is inflammed, for example by infection, the condition is called 'pericarditis'. The pleura are two membranes that surround and protect the lungs. Inflammation of these structures is called 'pleuritis' or 'pleursy'. The two structures are close to eachother, so symptoms can overlap. ...Read more

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What is the difference between infective and non-infective endocarditis?

See below: Infective endocarditis is infection of one or more heart valves by a microorganism. Non-infective endocarditis is inflammation of a heart valve not caused by an infection. Nonbacterial thrombotic endocarditis is found in patients with malignancy, chronic wasting diseases, rheumatic and congenetal heart diseases and autoimmune diseases such as sle. ...Read more

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What is the difference between restrictive and constrictive pericarditis?

Restricted vs constr: To oversimplify, one squeezes the heart from outside and the other restricts from stiffening within the heart wall. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the symptoms of pericarditis (that develops rapidly over the course of an hour) and a heart attack?

What is the difference between the symptoms of pericarditis (that develops rapidly over the course of an hour) and a heart attack?

Different: Pericarditis is worse with deep breath/cough. It hurts to shake your chest like the slap of your foot on the pavement when walking. It's worse lying on your back & better sitting forward. Heart attack can mimic this because some heart attacks have associated pericarditis, but in general, they feel different: heart attack usually is a squeezing, tight central feeling without change for hours. ...Read more

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As a lupus patient who has a lot of chest pain, how do I tell the difference between pericarditis and costochondritis?

As a lupus patient who has a lot of chest pain, how do I tell the difference between pericarditis and costochondritis?

Inflamation: Pericarditis is inflamation of the sack around the heart. Pushing on your chest will not reproduce the pain. Some changes in position will. Costochondritis is inflamation in the chest wall. Applying pressure will cause the pain to increase. ...Read more

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What is the difference between restrictive cardiomyopathy and constrictive pericarditis of the heart disease?

What is the difference between restrictive cardiomyopathy and constrictive pericarditis of the heart disease?

Anatomy: Restriction and constriction both involve limitation to adequate filling of the heart when the heart is relaxing. In restriction, limitation is in the muscle of the heart. In construction, the limitation is in the pericardial sac which surrounds the heart. ...Read more

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What's the difference between constrictive and restrictive pericarditis?

Disease Location: In constrictive pericarditis the pathology is located in the pericardium surrounding the heart. In restrictive heart disease, the pathology is located within the muscle the heart. The clinical presentation may be quite similar. ...Read more

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How do u no difference between myocarditis and flu?

Complex: Myocarditis symptoms include chest pain (often "stabbing" in character), congestive heart failure (leading to edema, breathlessness and liver congestion)
Palpitations (due to arrhythmias), and may lead to abrupt death. Influenza is an illness with fever, cough,
sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue and some people may have vomiting and diarrhea (more in kids). ...Read more

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Is there a difference between pericarditis and pericardial effusion?

Is there a difference between pericarditis and pericardial effusion?

Pericardium: Pericarditis is an inflammation of the membrane that surrounds the heart. A pericardial effusion is fluid that lies between this membrane and the heart muscle. ...Read more

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Please answer how do u no difference between flu and myocarditis how common is fatal myocarditis in uk?

Please answer how do u no difference between flu and myocarditis how common is fatal myocarditis in uk?

Too rare to worry: This is at least the fourth time you have asked about this very rare medical condition, and you have had reassuring replies or agreement from several HealthTap doctors. You're obviously obsessed with it. The main problem here is one of mental health. Please discuss this with your primary care doctor, or consider professional counseling. I suggest it from compassion, not criticism. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can someone please answer how common is myocarditis and how do u no the difference between flu and myocarditis?

Can someone please answer how common is myocarditis and how do u no the difference between flu and myocarditis?

Flu and myocarditis: Classical flu is fever, URI symptoms, body aches. Flu can lead to myocarditis. Myocarditis can be caused by many different agents including the flu. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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General question how can you tell the difference between a cold and myocarditis people die after suffering 'cold symptoms' can you explain? Please

Myocarditis: People often die after no symptoms, they can die with cold symptoms and other things. You have a fixation on myocarditis and need help handling this. Please seek professional psychology help to help you handle this problem. ...Read more

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What are the differences: constrictive pericarditis and restrictive cardiomyopathy?

Different cause: Symptoms may be similar but treatment is very different. The pericardium can be opened or removed to relieve constriction but restrictive cardiomyopathy does not lend itself to a quick surgical treatment. A number of medications may ameliorate the symptoms but it is important to identify and treat the cause. ...Read more

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Can any one please explain what are the differences between adult infective endocarditis and pediatric infective endocarditis?

Can any one please explain what are the differences between adult infective endocarditis and pediatric infective endocarditis?

They are similar: Both are life-threatening conditions that involve bacteria growing on the valves of the heart. Bacteria from the body or from tics can cause overwhelming illness, or destroy the electrical system of the heart.
Because adults tend to have stiffer hearts with more calcium deposits, surgery is more often needed to cure the illness.
Either way, long courses of intravenous antibiotics are needed. ...Read more

Dr. J. patrick Tokarz
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Pericarditis (Definition)

A condition in which you experience an inflammation of the pericardium, two thin layers of a sac-like tissue that surrounds the heart, holds it in place ...Read more


Dr. Vipin Khetarpal
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Myocarditis (Definition)

Inflammation of the middle layer ...Read more