Myocarditis

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What Is It?

Myocarditis is an inflammation of the Myocardium (Center heart wall). This can affect the hearts electrical system and muscle cells. Which in turn leads to Irregular heart beats and hinders the hearts pumping ability.

What Cause It?

Myocarditis is caused by viral infection inside of the heart. This mainly affects the myocardium which is the center heart muscle wall. The source can be from Viruses, fungi, bacteria, and parasites.

Symptoms

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • fatigue
  • Fluid retention with swelling of your legs, ankles, and feet.
  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Joint pain
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
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Incidence

Myocarditis is the cause of approximately 45% of heart transplants in the USA.

How it can be prevented?

Avoid or limit contact with people with viral infections. Always check for ticks. Limit risky behaviors.

Risk Factors!

  • Ticks
  • people with a viral illness
  • Dirty needles
  • unprotected sex
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Treatment?

In most cases Myocarditis goes away on its own or the doctor might prescribe a medicine to help fight the virus. Some extreme cases involve heart transplants for to stop the irregular heart beats or complications.