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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is acute myocarditis?

Acute myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle (myocardium). It is can affect anyone but more common in infants and teenagers. It can affect 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 general inflammatory conditions.

Symptoms of acute myocarditis

  • Feel the heart is pounding

  • Chest pain

  • Fever

  • Feeling breathless

  • My brain is not functioning right now

  • Hands and feet turned pale and blue

  • Chest discomfort with exercise

  • Left-sided chest pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for acute myocarditis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose acute myocarditis

  • Do you feel your heart is pounding?

  • Do you have any chest pain?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Are you breathless or having hard time breathing?

  • Do you have problems focusing or a reduced sense of awareness in your surroundings?

Treatment for acute myocarditis

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

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