- Mild fever
- Weight loss
- Moderately fast heart rate
Treatment for non-infective endocarditis includes anticoagulation. Meanwhile, treatment for IE includes antibiotics taken intravenously. The type of antibiotics depends on the type of infection that caused the problem.
Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments for Pericarditis
There are different types of pericarditis based on the cause or the effect of the inflammation on the pericardium.
The cause of this heart infection is usually hard to identify. Most of the time, the doctors would only suspect viral infection. In some cases, the cause cannot be pin-pointed or is idiopathic.
Nevertheless, there are instances wherein the thin sac-like membrane around the heart gets irritated and inflamed after a major heart attack due to the irritation of the damaged heart muscle.
Delayed pericarditis could also happen a few weeks after a heart surgery or a heart attack. It is called Dressler’s syndrome.
Experts also believe pericarditis could be caused by certain medications, systemic inflammatory disorders, trauma, and several other health conditions, including cancer, kidney failure, tuberculosis, or AIDS.
Chest pain is the most common symptom of pericarditis and is usually the benchmark for this particular heart infection. It is often described as severe, stabbing, or sharp. But sometimes it is also described as aching and overwhelming.
It starts in the left chest and may radiate through the left shoulders and the neck.
Other symptoms of pericarditis include:
Most mild cases of pericarditis could heal on its own and will only require ample rest. For severe cases, pain relievers and anti-inflammatories are often given. You might also be prescribed steroids if anti-inflammatories don’t work.
Surgery is rarely required, but it might be needed for more severe cases.
Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments for Myocarditis
Myocarditis is considered uncommon but it still affects thousands of adults and children around the world. Treatment options are available, however, there is a rare chance of recurrence.
The leading cause of myocarditis is viral infection.
According to the Myocarditis Foundation, when a viral infection happens, the heart’s muscles would get inflamed and would put a stress on the heart that could remain even after the infection has been resolved.