Heart

Viral Myocarditis

Myocarditis is an inflammation of the myocardium, the middle layer of the heart wall. Myocarditis is typically caused by a viral, bacterial, or fungal infections that reach the heart.

When the infection reaches the heart, disease-fighting cells enter the heart. The chemicals produced by an immune response can in turn, damage the heart muscle. As a result, the heart can become thick, swollen, and weak.

Other causes of myocarditis include allergic reactions to medications or toxins, and certain diseases that cause inflammation throughout the body.

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