Heart Inflammation Symptoms
If you have chest pain or severe shortness of breath, or your symptoms get worse, call 9-1-1 or seek medical help right away.
The symptoms of heart inflammation can occur suddenly or progress slowly. You may have severe symptoms or almost no symptoms.
If a virus causes your heart inflammation, you may have a cough, runny nose, or gastrointestinal symptoms a few weeks before you notice any other symptoms of heart inflammation.
Some symptoms of heart inflammation may feel like the flu and go away on their own after a few weeks. Other symptoms include chest pain or shortness of breath.
There are several common symptoms for each type of heart inflammation.
- Fever and chills
- New or worsening heart murmur, or abnormal heart sounds
- Chest pain and discomfort
- The feeling of a racing or pounding heart
- Chest pain that feels sharp, gets worse with breathing, and feels better with sitting up and leaning forward
- Fast heartbeat