Giant Cell Myocarditis

Overview

Type of disease: Rare conditions

Giant cell Myocarditis also called Idiopathic giant cell myocarditis, is extreme inflammation of the heart muscle. The cause is generally unknown (idiopathic), but it is thought that viral infections, autoimmune diseases, environmental toxins, or bad reactions to medications may cause it. At first, the disease might be unrecognizable, with symptoms such as swollen ankles, chest pain, abnormal heart beats, fatigue, or shortness of breath. However, the disease mainly affects younger adults, progresses quickly, and will result in death if a heart transplant is not available.

The key to stopping the severity of the full effects of this disease is early detection. Along with early detection, heart transplants are the most common treatment for this disease. If you have been diagnosed with giant cell myocarditis, talk with your doctor about the most current treatment options. Support groups are also good resources of support and information.

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