Welcome to the myocarditis page. On this page we provide a definition, sample heart sounds and links to the training lessons available on this site.
Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle.
Myocarditis is diagnosed by auscultation (see below), EKG, blood tests, chest x-ray, echocardiography and biopsy.
This is a simulation of Myocarditis taken at the apex.
The first heart sound is softer than normal because of decreased function of the left ventricle.
The second heart sound is normal at the mitral area.
There is a third heart sound caused by the failure of the left ventricle.
A rectangular, medium-pitched murmur of mild mitral regurgitation is caused by the incomplete closure of the mitral valve leaflets.
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