What causes an inflammation of the heart?

Multiple factors. Viral infection, bactrial infection, autoimmune disorders, ischemia with or without infarction and tumor infiltration can all casue inflammation of various parts of the heart.

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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...

What causes inflammation of the heart muscle? Is it permanent, or it can recur? How it can be treated? Antibiotics? For how long?

Myocarditis. Inflammation of the heart muscle is most commonly caused by a viral infection and antibiotics are not effective for this. After the acute phase is over, damage and weakness of the heart muscle may follow. Recurrent myocarditis would be unusual except in autoimmune causes. Rest is the main treatment unless congestive heart failure occurs. A cardiologist is best qualified to care for the patient. Read more...

Explain the condition called inflammation of the heart (carditis).?

Myo and pericarditis. Inflammation can be of the heart muscle (myocarditis) or of the lining of the heart (pericarditis). Myocarditis is often viral and sometimes can lead to heart failure; symptoms can be chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations and generalized malaise. Pericarditis has many causes and may lead to fluid accumulation around the heart. Main symptom is chest pain, especially when lying down. Read more...
There are 2 types. Pericarditis which is inflamtion of the sac of the heart or the outer membrane mostly due to virus and myocarditis which is inflamtion of the heart muscle and is much more serious and could lead to heart failure. Read more...

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...

I have endocarditis caused by aspergillus, is heart surgery necessary?

Depends. If valves are infected they may not be salvegable and surgery will be necessary for survival. Read more...
Usually. Aspergillus endocarditis is generally fatal without a combination of surgery and antifungal therapy. Read more...

Will cardio exercise cause leakage of your mitral heart valve if your mitral valve is weakened due to endocarditis?

It could but. Exercise generally beneficial & if symptoms are pronounced with exercise medication or surgical intervention may be required. Read more...
No. Cardio improves overall heart-lung-muscle function. A leaking valve will not be damaged, per se. However, depending on the amount of valve damage and leak from the endocarditis, total cardio performance may be limited. Discuss with you doctor about performing an exercise stress test before engaging in strenuous cardio exercise. Read more...