Are Fever And Shortness Of Breath A Sign Of Inflammatory Heart Disease?

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Hello, the story is that my old friend in the last 3 weeks is short of breath and fever. I took him initially to the hospital and was diagnosed with intestinal infection. So we back home and he took all drugs. Until the medicine is about to run out, his condition is still the same, maybe it’s a little better because I changed his food to a healthier one and he completely rested in the room. He complained to me being sick (but I also have to go to campus and he himself felt that pain). Finally I took it back to the hospital and the doctor just checked it and told me to go home. I told the doctor why he always used the same way, there was no change in his son and I asked him to check his heart and complete blood (honestly I don’t like the treatment method in Indonesia), after that they found that he had heart inflammation. The doctor did not provide any explanation for what is heart inflammation (I mean like the patient should know what happened to him and what treatment he had to undergo, right?). For this it is also very different, the doctor does not explain what the disease is like and what happens, he suck a fuck doctor! Finally I called his parents and this morning they left for Singapore to check again. I want to know what causes it, considering my friend is very healthy and diligent in exercising, and there is also no genetic heart disease in his family. Thanks doctor!

1 Answer:

Hello Halstead, Thank you for the question.

Fever is one of the body's responses against infections that enter the body. If someone has a fever, it is necessary to think about an infectious disease that is the cause. To find out the cause of the infection, it is necessary to know the other symptoms experienced by the sufferer. Symptoms of shortness of breath can be caused by disorders of the respiratory system, digestive system, heart and blood vessels, kidneys and urinary tract, and others. Some of the causes of shortness of breath are pneumonia, tuberculosis, pleural effusion, acid reflux disease, impaired kidney function, and others. In general, doctors need to do a question and answer and examine the patient directly. After that, the doctor will usually perform other tests if necessary, such as blood tests, urine tests, ultrasound, X-rays, and others, to find the cause of the patient's complaint.

Inflammation of the heart is one of the causes of fever and shortness of breath but it is not as common as other conditions mentioned above. Inflammation of the heart that the doctor refers to can be in the form of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) or pericarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart). Most cases of myocarditis have no known cause. Some of the factors that can cause myocarditis are viral, bacterial, parasitic, or fungal infections, side effects of drugs, and autoimmune diseases. These things can also cause pericarditis. To support the diagnosis, doctors need to perform blood tests, X-rays, EKG, echocardiography. If it is proven to have inflammation of the heart, the patient will be referred to a heart disease specialist for further treatment.

To ascertain the cause of the complaint your friend is experiencing cannot be done without a doctor's examination. Because these two conditions occur less frequently than other infectious causes, the diagnosis is not easy to make. However, your friend still needs another examination if this complaint does not improve even though you have undergone treatment from a previous doctor. Therefore, the next doctor's examination will be able to find out the cause of your friend's complaint. Please advise your friend to consult a doctor further. Don't hesitate to ask for a second opinion from another doctor if your friend is still in doubt or dissatisfied with the previous consultation.

Hopefully this information is useful.

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