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Es una inflamación y debilidad del músculo cardíaco generalmente causada por una infección viral que alcanza el corazón, como el virus de la influenza (gripe), el virus de Coxsackie y el adenovirus. La miocarditis puede dañar el músculo cardíaco haciendo que éste se vuelva grueso e hinchado, lo cual lleva a síntomas de insuficiencia cardíaca. La miocarditis también puede ocurrir durante o después de otras infecciones virales o bacterianas como la polio, la rubéola, la enfermedad de Lyme y otras.


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  • Last reviewed on 3/14/2012
  • Kurt R. Schumacher, MD, Pediatric Cardiology, University of Michigan Congenital Heart Center, Ann Arbor, MI. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.

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