Inflammation / Infection of the heart
Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle. Myocarditis can affect your heart muscle as well as your heart’s electrical system, reducing your heart’s ability to pump and causing abnormal heart rhythms. It is usually caused by a viral infection, but it can also be due to a reaction to a drug or be part of a more general inflammatory condition. Signs and symptoms can include chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, fluid retention in your legs, abnormal heart rate, and rhythm, and symptoms of viral infection like fever, sore throat, joint pains, headache. In serious cases, myocarditis may weaken the heart so that the rest of your body doesn’t get enough blood, leading to heart failure, clot formation in the heart (which can cause a stroke) or even a heart attack.
Diagnosing Myocarditis is not a straightforward process. Your cardiologist may do various tests to assist in his diagnosis, these include blood tests, Xrays, ECG, echocardiogram and even a cardiac biopsy in some cases
Consult Dr Ang to discuss an appropriate treatment plan for your heart condition.