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Topic of the Month: Myocarditis

Myocarditis is an inflammatory cardiomyopathy with many different etiologies, including infectious and post-infectious, drug induced, autoimmune diseases.

In the last few years, COVID-19 has emerged as an important aetiology of myocarditis, from both direct infection and immune reactions. It has also been connected to a reaction to specific SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Myocarditis has many implications for acute and chronic treatment. It may complicate pump failure and severe heart failure. In addition, life-threatening arrhythmias are one of the potential serious outcomes from this condition.

Diagnosing myocarditis has gained a lot of solid ground recently, with cardiac MRI taking centre stage in diagnosis, risk stratification and prognostic assessment.

The content below aims to help you gain a better understanding and expand your knowledge of myocarditis. Explore and learn more about this topic now.


General overview





Interaction with the patient

Interaction with the specialist

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