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What is Acute Myocarditis?

Acute myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle (myocardium). It can affect anyone but is more common in infants and teenagers. It can impact the heart's ability to pump blood effectively and may cause rapid or irregular heart rhythm. It's usually caused by a viral infection, and sometimes by drug reactions or autoimmune disorders.

Typical Symptoms of Acute Myocarditis

  • Weakness on one side of the body

  • Hands and feet turned pale and blue

  • Losing consciousness

  • Swelling of the arms or hands

  • History of connective tissue, autoimmune or rheumatic disease

  • Fever

  • Noisy breathing; e.g. wheezing, rattling

  • Becoming less responsive or less expressive

Doctor's Diagnostic Questionson Acute Myocarditis

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this disease:

  • Are you experiencing an inability to move one side of your body?

  • Is your skin colored either purple or blue?

  • Have you temporarily lost consciousness?

  • Are your hands or arms swollen?

  • Have you ever been diagnosed with a connective tissue, autoimmune, or rheumatic disease?

Treatmentof Acute Myocarditis

Patients with mild myocarditis may only need rest and medication to suppress the inflammation. Some medications might be cardiac medications depending on the presenting symptoms. In more severe cases, aggressive treatment with injection of intravenous (IV) medications may be needed. In most cases, patients make a full recovery.

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References

  • Ammirati E, Frigerio M, Adler ED, Basso C, Birnie DH, Brambatti M, Friedrich MG, Klingel K, Lehtonen J, Moslehi JJ, Pedrotti P, Rimoldi OE, Schultheiss HP, Tschöpe C, Cooper LT Jr, Camici PG. Management of Acute Myocarditis and Chronic Inflammatory Cardiomyopathy: An Expert Consensus Document. Circ Heart Fail. 2020 Nov;13(11):e007405. doi: 10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE.120.007405. Epub 2020 Nov 12. PMID: 33176455; PMCID: PMC7673642.

    https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE.120.007405

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  • Acute Myocarditis - Johns Hopkins Medicine

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Dr. Shiraishi graduated from the Kyoto University School of Medicine. He worked as a cardiologist at Edogawa Hospital, and after joining Ubie, he became the Director of East Nihonbashi Internal Medicine Clinic.

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