It may appear as a primary disease in adults or as a degenerative disease of old age.
Myocarditis may be a complication during or after various viral, bacterial, or parasitic infectious diseases, such as polio, influenza, rubella or rheumatic fever. The most common cause is a viral infection, the most common virus being an enterovirus.
Over many years, a chronic enterovirus heart infection and the body's response to that infection can lead to irreversible heart muscle damage and heart failure. Some cases of myocarditis may progress to congestive heart failure.
Hypersensitivity myocarditis has been associated with the use of methyldopa, hydrochlorothiazide, ampicillin, furosemide, digoxin, tetracycline, aminophylline, phenytoin, benzodiazepines and tricyclic antidepressants. [Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, August, 1991;115: pp.764-9]
Dr. Hans Nieper, in Germany, developed Calcium EAP. He considers it a sort of cell membrane sealant which protects cell membranes from toxins and immune system aggression without inhibiting the transport of nutrients into the cell. According to Dr. Nieper, electron microscopy – carried out in a German university – confirmed this. Dr. Nieper used it to treat cases of myocarditis among other conditions.
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