What is it?
Myocarditis is a disease marked by the inflammation of the heart muscle known as the myocardium — the muscular layer of the heart wall. This muscle is responsible for contracting and relaxing to pump blood in and out of the heart and to the rest of the body. When this muscle becomes inflamed, its ability to pump blood becomes less effective.
What are the symptoms?
The dangerous thing about myocarditis is that it can affect anyone, occur at any age, and may proceed without displaying any symptoms. If symptoms do develop, they often resemble those symptoms one might experience with the flu, such as: * chest pain, * fatigue * shortness of breath * fever * joint pain * lower extremity swelling * achy feeling in the chest * abnormal heartbeat Many times, myocarditis may subside on its own without treatment, much like a cut on your finger eventually heals. In extreme cases, it can cause blood clots leading to a heart attack or stroke, damage to the heart with heart failure, or death. But, secretly, they may cause damage to the heart muscle where the heart failure symptoms slowly appear over time. In other instances, the heart may be faster at revealing its struggles, with symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and heart failure
- staying up to date with vaccinations
- proper hygiene
- practicing safe sex
- Avoiding ticks
- Avoid people who have a viral or flu-like illness until they’ve recovered. If you’re sick with viral symptoms, try to avoid exposing others.
- Avoid risky behaviors. …
Things to watch out for
Contact your GP if you have symptoms