Infectious myocarditis

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Infectious myocarditis

Infectious myocarditis occurs when an infection, usually viral but sometimes bacterial, causes heart muscle to become inflamed after an autoimmune response. Disease-fighting cells from the body responding to the infection can enter the heart and release chemicals that may damage the heart muscle and cause inflammation, resulting in myocarditis. The heart then may become thick, swollen, and weak. There is a risk of heart failure with myocarditis. Myocarditis may often have no symptoms, but some potential signs include shortness of breath, chest pain, swelling of the ankles, and fatigue. In order to prevent or treat infectious myocarditis, seek immediate medical attention if you have an infection.

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The Myocarditis Foundation

The Myocarditis Foundation is dedicated to providing information and support related to the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of myocarditis. The Myocarditis Foundation's mission is to educate physicians and the public about this disease, support the patients and their families who have been affected by myocarditis, and ultimately fund research to find ways to better diagnose, treat, and prevent myocarditis.

Last Updated: 29 Nov 2013

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The Myocarditis Foundation

The Myocarditis Foundation is dedicated to providing information and support related to the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of myocarditis. The Myocarditis Foundation's mission is to educate physicians and the public about this disease, support the patients and their families who have been affected by myocarditis, and ultimately fund research to find ways to better diagnose, treat, and prevent myocarditis.

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Last Updated: 29 Nov 2013

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The terms "Infectious myocarditis" returned 4 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Epstein-Barr virus myocarditis as the first symptom of infectious mononucleosis.
 

Author(s): Sergio Zabala López, Juana M Vicario, Francisco J Lerín, Amalia Fernández, Gloria Pérez, Cherpentier Fonseca

Journal: Intern. Med.. 2010 ;49(6):569-71.

 

This case report describes a 20-year-old immunocompetent man with an episode of chest pain radiating into both arms, an increase in the level of myocardial enzymes, electrocardiogram abnormalities (widespread ST-segment elevation and q waves in leads V(4)-V(6)) and serological evidence ...

Last Updated: 15 Mar 2010

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Could myocarditis, insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, and Guillain-Barré syndrome be caused by one or more infectious agents carried by rodents?
 

Author(s): B Niklasson, B Hörnfeldt, B Lundman

Journal: Emerging Infect. Dis.. ;4(2):187-93.

 

The numbers of small rodents in northern Sweden fluctuate heavily, peaking every 3 or 4 years. We found that the incidence of Guillain-Barré syndrome and insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, as well as the number of deaths caused by myocarditis, followed the fluctuations in numbers ...

Last Updated: 1 Sep 1998

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Evaluation of mild acute infectious myocarditis.
 

Author(s): J Heikkilä, J Karjalainen

Journal: Br Heart J. 1982 Apr;47(4):381-91.

 

The diagnosis of acute mild myocarditis in vaguely defined. Therefore we studied 185 consecutive young men in military service with electrocardiographic changes arousing a suspicion of myocarditis in connection with an acute infectious disease. It was possible to classify 160 patients ...

Last Updated: 21 Jun 1982

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Last Updated: 2 Jun 2014

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