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Explain the condition called inflammation of the heart (carditis).?
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Dr. Liviu Klein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
8 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Liviu Klein
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Dr. Budi Bahureksa
other causes of myo/pericaditis also include chemotherapy, alcohol and drug abuse and connective tissue disease --
Dr. Samir Dabbous
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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