HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Rare but deadly heart disease is curable, study shows

Fatigue, fever and muscle aches -- classic symptoms of flu -- are for a small number of patients symptoms of a very rare but deadly form of heart disease.

The condition, fulminant myocarditis, is underdiagnosed. The good news, according to a study led by Johns Hopkins researchers, is that patients who are properly diagnosed and treated aggressively can fully recover from the condition within two weeks without much damage to the heart or chance of relapse.

Results are reported in the March 9 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

"This illness has a very rapid progression and the consequences are very dramatic -- patients can die suddenly," says Joshua M. Hare, M.D., associate director of the heart failure and cardiac transplant program at Hopkins and an author of the study. "We want to make physicians aware that although this condition is uncommon, it should be considered in patients with flu-like symptoms and fluid in the lungs. An echocardiogram suggests the disease, and a heart tissue biopsy confirms the diagnosis."

Fulminant myocarditis is a severe inflammation of the muscular wall of the heart, usually caused by a viral or other infection, or an immune disorder. It comes on suddenly, leaving the heart virtually powerless to contract and circulate blood. The condition is so rare that it affects less than one in a million patients, yet in those people it often proves fatal.

Effective treatments include medications to stimulate the heart muscle, thereby increasing blood flow, or an implantable mechanical pump to temporarily assist the heart with circulation, Hare says. Pumps can usually be removed safely after seven to 10 days.

"Physicians should use any means necessary to maintain these patients' heart function, as virtually all will recover within two weeks and then lead a normal life," says Kenneth L. Baughman, M.D., senior author of the study and director of the Division of Cardiology at Hopkins.

Patie
'"/>

Contact: Karen Infeld
kinfeld@jhmi.edu
410-955-1534
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
8-Mar-2000


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Missing genes may help explain why plague bacteria are so deadly
2. $18 million bioinformatics center to become weapon against deadly diseases
3. UC Irvine scientists to develop vaccine to combat bioterrorism threat from deadly bacteria
4. Stanford researchers findings may shed light on common, deadly birth defect
5. Crop rotation may help wait out soil pathogen deadly to pumpkins
6. New tumor suppressor may play important role in deadly brain tumors
7. Failure of DNA repair mechanism precedes final stage of deadly leukemia, new Penn study shows
8. Drugs limit deadly side effects of graft-versus-host disease
9. Approved drug blocks deadly anthrax toxin
10. Researchers determine reason for deadly spread of 1918 influenza
11. Scientists discover how anthrax creates its deadly spores

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:4/5/2017)... April 5, 2017 Today HYPR Corp. ... the server component of the HYPR platform is officially ... the end-to-end security architecture that empowers biometric authentication across ... has already secured over 15 million users across the ... of connected home product suites and physical access represent ...
(Date:3/30/2017)... , March 30, 2017 The research team ... for three-dimensional (3D) fingerprint identification by adopting ground breaking 3D fingerprint ... new realm of speed and accuracy for use in identification, crime ... affordable cost. ... A ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... , March 24, 2017 The Controller General ... Controller Mr. Abdulla Algeen have received the prestigious international IAIR ... Continue Reading ... ... picture) and Deputy Controller Abdulla Algeen (small picture on the right) have ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/26/2017)... Bahama (PRWEB) , ... July 26, 2017 , ... Vincent ... Medicine , which is licensed by the Bahamas’ National Stem Cell Ethics Committee (NSCEC). ... from the University of the West Indies. He went on to complete residency training ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... ... July 26, 2017 , ... ... today announced that its Anzo Smart Data Lake® (Anzo SDL) product won ... Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards. , Cambridge Semantics’ Anzo SDL uses Knowledge ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... ... 25, 2017 , ... Avery Products Corporation, the world’s largest ... printing, is proud to announce that it has won two more awards for ... at avery.com/GHS . The products were recently honored with the ASSE Safety ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... ... July 25, 2017 , ... The leading Regenerative ... regenerative stem cell therapy has been used on more than 13,000 animals. ... with potentially fatal injuries to tendons and ligaments. , In 2003 VetStem signed ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: