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Myocarditis, also known as inflammatory cardiomyopathy, is inflammation of the heart muscle. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, chest pain, decreased ability to exercise, and an irregular heartbeat. The... Wikipedia

  • Specialty:  Infectious disease, cardiology
  • Symptoms:  Shortness of breath, chest pain, decreased ability to exercise, irregular heartbeat
  • Duration:  Hours to months
  • Causes:  Usually viral infection, also bacterial infections, certain medications, autoimmune disorders
  • Diagnostic method:  Electrocardiogram, blood troponin, heart MRI, heart biopsy
  • Medication:  ACE inhibitors, beta blockers, diuretics, corticosteroids, intravenous immunoglobulin
  • Treatment:  Medications, implantable cardiac defibrillator, heart transplant
  • Frequency:  2.5 million with cardiomyopathy (2015)
  • Deaths:  354,000 with cardiomyopathy (2015)
  • Data source:  DuckDuckGo