Myocarditis describes an inflammation of the heart muscle. It can be caused by a variety of reasons. Myocarditis is a serious disease that requires a professional medical treatment because otherwise it may even lead to heart failure and death.
Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle, the myocardium. This is the middle layer of the heart wall. The causes of myocarditis include virus, bacteria, parasites, fungi and even other systemic inflammatory diseases. Signs and symptoms of myocarditis include loss of performance, shortness of breath, fever and chest pain. Heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms are possible fatal outcomes.
The causes of myocarditis can include: 1) Viral infection such as coxsackie, ECHO, adeno- and parvovirus, hepatitis C and HIV. 2) Bacterial infections such as chlamydia, borrelia, diphtheria and tuberculosis bacteria. 3) Fungal infections such as aspergillus and candida, 4) Parasites such as the pathogen of the Chagas disease, trypanosome cruzii, 5) Other diseases that cause an systemic inflammation such as sarcoidosis, lupus erythemtodes, scleroderma and vasculitis. 5) Illegal drugs, alcohol or medications, especially chemotherapeutic substances. People with myocarditis sometimes will have no or just mild symptoms like fatigue, malaise and loss of performance. But it can also lead to irregular or fast heartbeat, chest pain, fatigue, fever and shortness of breath. Due to the direct involvement of the heart muscle it may even lead to heart failure.
The treatment for myocarditis depends on the underlying cause, and may include: 1) antibiotic, antifungal, immunosuppressive and antiviral drugs, 2) cardiac glycosides and beta blockers to enhance and preserve heart function 3) diuretic drugs which can help the body to remove the excess fluid, and 4) a low-salt diet. A heart transplant or a temporary application of a cardiovascular support device might be necessary in very severe cases.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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