myo·​car·​di·​tis | \ ˌmī-ə-(ˌ)kär-ˈdī-təs How to pronounce myocarditis (audio) \

Definition of myocarditis

: inflammation of the myocardium

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Dangerous ones, such as the inflammation of the heart muscle, called myocarditis, are extremely rare. Laurie Mcginley, Washington Post, "New cancer treatments have perplexing side effects," 6 Mar. 2018 Signs of these problems may include changes in eyesight, severe or persistent muscle or joint pains, severe muscle weakness, or low red blood cells (anemia), shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, feeling tired, or chest pain (myocarditis). Dan Gartland,, "Potential No. 1 Draft Pick Luka Doncic Hits Ankle-Breaking Step-Back Buzzer-Beater," 30 Mar. 2018 Last year, Javid Moslehi, director of cardio-oncology at the Vanderbilt University Department of Medicine, reported on two patients who developed myocarditis after being treated with a combination of two checkpoint inhibitors and quickly died. Laurie Mcginley, Washington Post, "New cancer treatments have perplexing side effects," 6 Mar. 2018 Influenza can also cause myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle. Kathryn W. Foster, miamiherald, "The flu and heart attack risks are connected: Get the vaccine, doctors say | Miami Herald," 25 Feb. 2018 But there has never been a clear link to deadly myocarditis in infants before. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "First-ever marijuana overdose death? Let’s review what “potential link” means," 17 Nov. 2017 In 2012, Jones was diagnosed with myocarditis which quickly turned into cardiomyopathy. Katherine Burns,, "Farmington Resident Lends Strength To Heart Transplant Recipients," 10 Aug. 2017 The 40-year-old Bell died of lymphocytic myocarditis, the medical examiner’s office ruled. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Cause of ex-Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer’s death near golf course revealed," 31 July 2017 Darren Salter, the senior coroner for Oxfordshire County, said Mr. Michael, 53, died at his home in Goring-on-Thames of natural causes: dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver. Christopher D. Shea, New York Times, "George Michael Died of Heart Condition, Coroner Says," 7 Mar. 2017

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circa 1848, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of myocarditis

: inflammation of the myocardium

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