Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
In this Article
- What is myocarditis?
- What causes myocarditis?
- What are symptoms of myocarditis?
- How is myocarditis diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for myocarditis?
- What is the prognosis (outlook) for patients with myocarditis?
- Find a local Cardiologist in your town
What are symptoms of myocarditis?
Myocarditis can be mild and cause virtually no noticeable symptoms. The most frequent symptom of myocarditis is pain in the chest. Other symptoms are related to the underlying triggering cause, like infection or an autoimmune disorder. The following is a list of symptoms and signs of myocarditis:
- Chest pain or chest discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling and/or edema
- Liver congestion
- Abnormal heartbeat (palpitations)
- Sudden death (in young adults)
- Fever (usually associated with an infectious process)
Myocarditis in children and infants has more nonspecific symptoms:
- Poor appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Chronic cough
- Increasing difficulty breathing
- Joint pains
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