Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle. Myocarditis may
occur after a viral, fungal, or bacterial infection, such as diphtheria,
rheumatic fever, or tuberculosis.
Treatment for myocarditis includes evaluation and treatment of the
cause of the inflammation. Treatment may require use of antibiotics,
if a bacterial infection is the cause, and medicines to relieve pain and
inflammation. Lifestyle changes, including increased rest and a low-salt diet,
may be part of the treatment.
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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