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Conditions We Treat: Myocarditis

Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle (myocardium), usually due to a viral infection. The inflammation can lead to arrhythmias, cardiomyopathy or heart failure. While there are often no symptoms, myocarditis may cause sudden cardiac arrest during exercise or athletics, even among young people.

Myocarditis: What You Need to Know

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  • Viruses such as Lyme disease, rheumatic fever and others are often at the root of myocarditis. Sometimes the cause is a systemic disorder such as celiac disease.
  • Myocarditis may coincide with pericarditis, an inflammation of the lining around the heart.
  • Diagnosis involves blood tests for infection, a biopsy of the heart muscle and an electrocardiogram.
  • Goals of treatment are to reduce inflammation and decrease stress on the heart until the condition has subsided.

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Why choose Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute for treatment of myocarditis?

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Our Specialty Centers

Myocarditis is treated through our Cardiomyopathy and Heart Failure Practice, where doctors are dedicated to helping patients overcome heart disease.

Learn more about our cardiomyopathy specialty practice.