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I have been diagnosed with myocarditis, and they tell me I am having some mini heart attacks ,and the doctor says for people who get this the outlook isnt good - was wondering if anyone else has had it or has it - the doctor is scaring me

Myocarditis is an inflammation of the middle layer of your heart which is made of a specialized striated cardiac muscle. The inflammation may interfer with the heart conduction mechanism (Purkinje fibers) located in the heart muscle and can create a disturbance in the iso-electrical potential of heart conduction. This may lead to heart fibrillations (heart muscles beating not insync together as one unit). When this occurs a person will have a heat attack! You need to have access to a portable heart defibrillator at all time.

Need to treat the heat inflammation at once with antibiotics or other drugs.  (+ info)


My daugther was said to have had myocarditis. she went into the er and was to be tranfered to another hosptial to receive better care their cath clinic was closed.. they did the transfer papers and send family to other hosptial. they decided to do a ct because her co2 was 9 and an hour and 10mins. after they did transfer paper they began cpr and she didnt make it. Could i sue because they didt transfer to the hosptial that could have done more for her?

i don't think so, because she coded while at the hospital doing the transfer. they had to do something to see if they could revive her, and they couldn't transfer an patient who was unstable.  (+ info)

Can influenza flu cause gradually myocarditis in several weeks or months later?

Can it happen only to high risk of aging people only?
How many people in US really had acute myocardial infarction from influenza flu annually?

Many types of virus infection can affect several parts of the body, including the heart muscle. So, myocarditis may develop at the same time as, or just after, a viral throat or chest infection, or when you have flu. The body's immune system can clear many types of virus. So, many cases of viral myocarditis go away on their own within a week or so. Viral myocarditis often occurs at the same time as viral pericarditis which is inflammation of the sac-like tissue which surrounds the heart.

Influenza may have an effect by triggering destabilization of already present vulnerable plaques which can cause a myocardial infarction, but I cannot find statistics of how many people this has happened to.

Click these links if you would like more info:
http://www.texasheart.org/HIC/Topics/Cond/myocard.cfm  (+ info)

What are the causes of heart’s infection or myocarditis belong to the age risk category?

and what are not?
The causes can be rheumatic fever, virus, bacterias, parasites, fungi, certain chemicals, or systemic diseases like lupus and inflamation of blood vessels; etc.

A large number of different causes have been identified as leading to myocarditis:
* Infectious:
# Viral (e.g. enterovirus, Coxsackie virus, rubella virus, polio virus, cytomegalovirus, possibly hepatitis C)
# Bacterial (e.g. brucella, Corynebacterium diphtheriae, gonococcus, Haemophilus influenzae, Actinomyces, Tropheryma whipplei, and Vibrio cholerae).
# Spirochetal (Borrelia burgdorferi and leptospirosis)
# Protozoal (Toxoplasma gondii and Trypanosoma cruzi)
# Fungal (e.g. aspergillus)
# Parasitic: ascaris, Echinococcus granulosus, Paragonimus westermani, schistosoma, Taenia solium, Trichinella spiralis, visceral larva migrans, and Wuchereria bancrofti
# Rickettsial
* Immunological:
# Allergic (e.g. acetazolamide, amitriptyline)
# Rejection after a heart transplant
# Autoantigens (e.g. systemic vasculitis such as Churg-Strauss syndrome, Wegener's granulomatosis)
* Toxic:
# Drugs (e.g. anthracyclines and some other forms of chemotherapy, ethanol, and antipsychotics, e.g. clozapine)
# Toxins (e.g. arsenic, carbon monoxide, snake venom)
# Heavy metals (e.g. copper, iron)
* Physical agents (electric shock, hyperpyrexia, and radiation)
Bacterial myocarditis is rare in patients without immunodeficiency.  (+ info)

How long does it take to recover from myocarditis?

If you were going to get better, do you progressively feel better?

Unfortunately, myocarditis has a highly unpredictable long term pronosis. Some recover fully, some develop heart failure, and some will only survive with a transplant. Only CLOSE followup with a reputable cardiologist will tell.  (+ info)

Can myocarditis or inflammation happen without any symptons?

Common symptons are fatigue, chest pain, fast or irregular heart rate, abnormal ekg test.
prior to massive heart failure or acute myocardial infarction.

that is very unlikely. we can only diagnose myocarditis as a clinical entity when there are symptoms. namely, heart failure, arrhythmias, or valvular problems.  (+ info)

can you help me make a pathophysiology about myocarditis? 10 points right away, thanks?

can you help me make a pathophysiology about myocarditis?

Myocarditis is defined as inflammatory changes in the heart muscle and is characterized by myocyte necrosis.

In the more typical course of the disease, 4-14 days after viral infection, cells produce an immune response including macrophage activation and cytokine expression and develop an histologically apparent infiltrate of mononuclear cells.

In the chronic phases, the deleterious effects of either inadequate or inappropriately abundant immune response can lead to the long-term sequelae of dilated cardiomyopathy and heart failure.

On the opposite extreme of immune activity, overabundant T cells may continue activity into the chronic phase, causing tissue destruction and ventricular dysfunction manifesting as chronic heart failure  (+ info)

What is your experience with viral myocarditis?

personally? i have no experience with it.
I do know, however, that its an inflammation of the cardiac muscle due to a virus. if that didn't help, sorry, if it did, your welcome! lol

-me  (+ info)

My daughter's boyfriend just came out of the hospital with Myocarditis now he's out of work at least till?

at least June 22nd after he sees a Cardiologist, does anyone know if he can get Disability and how would we be able to do it?

If you mean, Social Security Disability, it's too soon. SSI isn't for short term disability.

His job MAY have short term disability insurance on its employees. You'd have to call & ask.

Good luck.  (+ info)

Why can myocarditis be considered an infectious disease?

Myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart tissue/muscle, is not an infectious disease but its causes can be. Myocarditis is really more of a symptom-the result of the infection. Most common infectious causes of myocarditis are viral though there are bacteria, like stapylococcus and diptheria, which can cause it. Myocarditis can also occur in other non-infectious entities like autoimmune disease, sarcoid and even pregnancy.  (+ info)

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