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.".
Inflammation.. Inflammation of the heart muscle is myocarditis. It can cause arrhythmias and severe weakness of heart muscle which can be potentially life threatening. While viral infections is a common cause, it can also result from various immune mediated responses where the body attacks it's own organs.

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What does myocarditis look similar to on an ekg?

Myocarditis. Can have several appearances on ecg. It can look like an acute heart attack, it can also have low voltage because of the inflammation causing a decrease in electrical transmission. It can have diffuse st depression; there is not one consistent pattern for myocarditis. Read more...

At what age does myocarditis occur?

When it Does. Myocarditis is most commonly caused by viral infections, and there's no preset age at which those occur. It's when you get exposed to a virus you don't already have immunity to. Read more...

What causes acute myocarditis?

Myocarditis. Most commonly acute myocarditis is causes by a virus. There are other infectious causes such as bacteria or fungus but these are less common. There are also other causes, but again these are much more rare. Read more...

Could you please tell me what causes acute myocarditis?

Viral infections. Viral infections like coxsackievirus, parvovirus, and even HIV are believed to be the most common cause of acute myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle which results in heart dysfunction). Autoimmune diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, environmental toxins, drugs like certain antibiotics, alcohol, and cocaine, and radiation are other potential etiologies. . Read more...
Lots of causes.. But commonly viral ---Coxsackie (A, B), Adenovirus, Influenza (A, B), Herpes simplex, Cytomegalovirus, Varicella-zoster virus, Epstein-Barr virus, Mumps, Rubella, Rubeola, Vaccinia, Rabies, Coronavirus, Hepatitis B, HIV. Other casues include bacteria, parasites, fungi, protozoa, autoimmune, drugs (cardiotoxins), radiation, some systemic disorders (e.g. thyrotoxicosis,s arcoidosis). Read more...

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...

What to do about myocarditis, coffee and pvcs question?

Question? What is the question? If a patient has myocarditis, they likely shouldn't drink a lot of coffee or perhaps any unless decaffeinated so that they don't precipitate PVCs. If the question is whether to get a cup of coffee and sit down and read about myocarditis and PVCs, that might not be a bad idea if one is interested in the subject. Read more...

Bad sore throat tired what's my chances of myocarditis really scared?

Get checked. Get checked for strep throat. If you have it, you must get treated with antibiotics or you run the risk of developing rheumatic heart disease. Go to an UC. Read more...
Sore Throat. A bad sore throat and being tired is more likely related to a viral syndrome (pharyngitis or mononucleosis) or strep throat. Myocarditis is very uncommon and unlikely to be the case here. Go have your sore throat evaluated and treated, and your fears can be put to rest. Read more...
Myocarditis. Myocarditis can be caused by multiple organisms but most commonly is a post viral side effect. If your not having any heart related symptoms such as chest pain or palpitations it is unlikely you have it but check with your doctor if you are that concerned about the possibility. Read more...
Myocarditis. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle with varied causes. Symptoms include shortness of breath and abnormal heart rhythm, not sore throat. Endocarditis is an inflammation of an infected heart valve, usually due to untreated strep pharyngitis. Seen in folks who have valve disease and do not take antibiotics prior to dental work. also seen in IV drug abusers. Get a throat culture. Read more...
Probably low. The symptoms you describe are fairly common and might occur simply with the common cold. Myocarditis often has many signs and symptoms seen in heart failure (shortness of breath, swelling of the legs and irregular heart rhythm, etc.), as well as chest pain, fever, muscle aches, and sometimes sore throat and diarrhea. See your doctor if your symptoms persist. Read more...