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Myocarditis

Hi,
My sister in law has been diagnosed with myocarditis after she suffered a viral infection.
The infection was very severe and as a result suffered multiple heart failures.
She has been in ICU since and after 5 weeks (today) is clinically stable (term used by the doctors) but not improving significantly.
The doctors are not able to say whether she will suffer from more heart failures or not at this stage and are opting to keep her under observation and medication.
My questions are;
1. What are her chances of recovering given her condition of myocarditis was fairly severe?
2. If she is stable for a while longer and the doctors decide to send her back home, are there chances that she may suffer another heart failure?
3. Are there any other options to help the heart get back to normal?

Many thanks for your response(s).
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Question: 1. What are her chances of recovering given her condition of myocarditis was fairly severe?
2. If she is stable for a while longer and the doctors decide to send her back home, are there chances that she may suffer another heart failure?
3. Are there any other options to help the heart get back to normal?

>>>Myocarditis is a condition that can/will injure heart cells.  With damaged heart cells the heart wall movement is impaired and can/will decrease the heart's left ventricle from adequately pumping enough blood to meet the system's demand for blood/oxygen.  This condition results in heart failure.

The prognosis depends on the extend of damage and the location.  The treatment would be to reduce blood/oxygen demand so there is some equalization of supply and demand.  If and when cell stem therapy becomes available, that would be the best treatment.
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