Keshan disease

Overview

Type of disease: Rare conditions

Keshan disease is an illness that effects the heart most commonly found in eastern Asian countries. Keshan disease is caused by a viral infection of Coxsackievirus and a lack of selenium. Selenium is an element that is consumed through eating plants or animals who have eaten plants. Keshan disease occurs when Selenium deficiency leads to death of a part of the heart muscle. When part of the heart dies, the heart becomes weaker. Individuals with Keshan disease may be extremely tired or have a swollen neck. Keshan disease can be treated with Selenium supplements. These supplements may be prescribed by a doctor. The supplements will not reverse any damage already done to the heart. Always speak with your doctor about the best personal plan of action.

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