Does Myocarditis Cause Cardiomyopathy?

Q:

I have myocarditis. I want to know whether it causes cardiomyopathy.

A:

Myocarditis is an inflammatory disorder of the heart’s muscle wall. It can affect the heart’s ability of pumping blood and the normal electrical signaling. There are various causes of it, such as viral infections, bacterial infection, parasitic infection, etc.

Myocarditis can cause dilated cardiomyopathy, especially when it is caused by a viral infection. When it occurs, symptoms of heart failure often appear in the patient. You may experience breathlessness, tiredness, and swollen ankles and tummy.

It is not clear how myocarditis causes dilated cardiomyopathy in some patients. Yet the speculation seems reasonable that the immune response which protects the body from infection sometimes causes damage to the heart muscle. Meanwhile infection itself can damage to the heart.

 

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