Pericarditis & Myocarditis

What are Pericarditis and Myocarditis?

Pericarditis and myocarditis are inflammatory conditions affecting the heart. Pericarditis involves inflammation of the pericardium, the protective sac surrounding the heart, whereas myocarditis affects the heart muscle itself. Both conditions can disrupt normal heart function and may lead to complications such as heart failure or irregular heart rhythms.

Symptoms of Pericarditis & Myocarditis

Common symptoms for both conditions include:

  • Chest pain, often sharp or stabbing in character
  • Shortness of breath, particularly when lying down
  • Fatigue or general feeling of being unwell
  • Fever or chills
  • Palpitations or irregular heartbeats

Treatment Options

Treatment often depends on the underlying cause and may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications like aspirin or corticosteroids
  • Antibiotics or antiviral drugs if an infection is the cause
  • Lifestyle changes including rest and fluid intake
  • Advanced interventions like drainage procedures or surgery in severe cases

If you’re experiencing symptoms suggestive of pericarditis or myocarditis, early and specialized medical intervention is crucial. Schedule your appointment with our cardiac specialists today for a complete diagnosis and a customized treatment plan.

Disclaimer: This information is intended for educational purposes only and should not substitute professional medical advice. If you’re experiencing severe symptoms such as extreme chest pain or acute shortness of breath, dial 911 immediately for emergency medical treatment.