Heart Inflammation
Heart Inflammation

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.

Endocarditis symptoms

  • Fever and chills
  • New or worsening heart murmur, or abnormal heart sounds

Myocarditis symptoms

  • Chest pain and discomfort
  • The feeling of a racing or pounding heart

Pericarditis symptoms

  • Chest pain that feels sharp, gets worse with breathing, and feels better with sitting up and leaning forward
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Fever
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