Symptoms of Autoimmune Myocarditis

Symptoms of autoimmune myocarditis arise when there is swelling in the muscles of the heart due to autoimmune causes. Any ailment of this origin has no cause or cure available. Cells meant to protect a particular organ turn hostile and cause damage to it in all auto-immune diseases.

Treatment of these ailments is restricted to keeping the symptoms under check. This article tries to focus on the signs of this heart ailment.

Symptoms of Autoimmune Myocarditis:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Fluid retention – Uncomfortable but not life threatening condition of the heart, indicating its diseased state
  • Dyspnoea or shortness of breath
  • Chest discomfort
  • Chest pain
  • Sudden death
  • Palpitations – Unpleasant sensation of forceful and irregular beating of heart
  • Abnormal heartbeat
  • Cyanosis – Skin colour becoming bluish due to lack of supply of oxygen
  • Increased JVP – Jugular venous pressure is an indirect way of measuring pressure in the blood vessels which carry oxygen to the heart. This measurement is helpful in separating heart diseases from lungs ailments.

Symptoms of autoimmune
myocarditis cannot be differentiated from their associated complications at times. Failure of heart is one such complication. To know precisely about the signs of this condition, it is required to cut a part of the affected heart muscle and study it under the microscope.

The process is called heart biopsy and involves usage of surgical instruments on the organ. Doctors for this very reason feel reluctant to undergo this diagnostic technique. As a result, it is difficult to provide a reliable statistics of people suffering from this autoimmune ailment of the heart.

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