Types of inflammation of the heart include:

  • endocarditis – inflammation of the inner lining of the heart
  • pericarditis – inflammation of the sac that surrounds the heart
  • myocarditis – inflammation of the heart muscle

There are various different causes of inflammation of the heart including viral, bacterial or fungal infections, but in some cases the cause is unknown.


The severity of these conditions is very variable but inflammation of the heart can lead to further problems. For example, endocarditis can result in injury to the heart valves and myocarditis can damage the heart muscle.

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