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Myocarditis

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Description

Myocarditis
Autoimmune myocarditis
Autoimmune cardiomyopathy
Coxsackie myocarditis

Myocarditis is an inflammation of the the heart wall. Myocarditis can affect both the heart's muscle cells and the heart's electrical system, leading to problems with the heart's pumping function and to irregular heart rhythms.

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Prevalence

The true incidence of myocarditis remains unknown

Source: American Heart Association Journal

Notes:

1. Lack of sensitivity in diagnostic tools may have caused an underestimation of its true incidence.
2. The prevalence of myocarditis has been found to be up to 42% in cases of unexplained deaths in people aged 35 or younger

Typical Age of onset

Childhood - Age 3
Adult - 35

Symptoms

  • Easy or excessive bruising (purpura)
  • Rash - pinpoint-sized reddish-purple spots (petechiae) usually on the lower legs
  • Bleeding from the gums or noseBlood in urine or stools
  • Unusually heavy menstrual flow

Sources:  Mayo Clinic, Healthline