Myocarditis— also known as inflammatory cardiomyopathy— is inflammation of the heart muscle. This condition is a life-threatening one, which may progress slowly or quickly, and can result in cardiac arrest. Inflammation of the heart muscle limits the heart’s ability to pump. Myocarditis is believed to be responsible for five to 20 percent of all cases of sudden death in young adults. Research shows that myocarditis is the most common cardiac pathological finding in HIV patients (present in 50 percent or more of HIV patients). Keep reading to find out more about myocarditis.
Most cases of myocarditis occur in otherwise healthy adults, and rapid progression of the condition marks many cases. There are many potential causes of myocarditis including:
This site offers information designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on any information on this site as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or as a substitute for, professional counseling care, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional.