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Myocarditis

InfLAMMAtion of the heart muscle

Our leading HCA UK heart consultants diagnose, treat and support people with myocarditis

About

Myocarditis is a condition where the heart muscle becomes inflamed. The condition is not affected by lifestyle and it cannot be prevented. While many people recover from the condition, it can lead to heart failure in rare cases.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of myocarditis icon plus

    Myocarditis can be brought on by a viral or bacterial infection, an auto immune disease or unknown causes. People usually develop symptoms around two weeks after the initial illness. Symptoms may include:

    • chest pain and tightness, which may spread across the body
    • shortness of breath
    • finding it hard to breathe
    • feelings of exhaustion
    • flu-like symptoms
    • palpitations
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    Your consultant will discuss your symptoms with you and help to make a diagnosis. If you've had persistent symptoms for some time, they may order the following tests:

    • an electrocardiogram (ECG) to show abnormal heart rhythm
    • blood tests, which might confirm the infection
    • an echocardiogram to show up muscle damage
    • a cardiac MRI or a FDG PET scan
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Your consultant will discuss treatment options with you and help to determine the best approach. In many cases, symptoms will either resolve on their own, or with the use of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicine. If myocarditis has caused extensive heart muscle and tissue damage, you may need medicines or cardiac devices to prevent or treat heart failure.
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Our consultants


We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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