Myocarditis: causes

What is a heart muscle inflammation (myocarditis)?

Myocarditis is the medical term for heart muscle inflammation. These can have different causes and can be acute or chronic. Only the heart muscle can be affected by the inflammation or even the pericardium (pericardium).

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What causes has myocarditis (myocarditis)?

In the development of myocarditis viruses and bacteria, more rarely fungi and parasites play a role, with viruses being most frequently involved. Not infrequently, the disease is preceded by a flu infection or an infection of the gastrointestinal tract with diarrhea and vomiting.

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Which pathogens cause heart muscle inflammation (myocarditis)?

In our latitudes, there are two-thirds of viruses that are responsible for heart muscle inflammation. However, the pathogen spectrum has changed over time.

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Can a banal cold hit the heart?

Yes, it is not uncommon for colds and diarrheal diseases to be the cause of heart muscle inflammation (myocarditis). This danger exists especially if such infections do not completely heal and / or the defenses are greatly reduced.

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What is an inflammatory cardiomyopathy?

The term "inflammatory cardiomyopathy" refers to certain inflammatory chronic diseases of the heart muscle. Myocarditis is one of them. Chronic myocarditis is often referred to as inflammatory cardiomyopathy.

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