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Heart Damage Caused by viral infection

Postby LilKim » Fri Mar 23, 2007 2:13 am

A friend of a friend of mine is a frequent story-teller (ie. frequent liar) ... and the other day she told a new story about having a minor heart attack that her doctors told her was due a viral infection ...

Subesquently, her doctor informed her that she has a congenital heart defect, and the viral infection had further damaged her heart so badly that she will need a heart transplant to live beyond 2 years.

I'm not a medical-person, but the story just sounds waaay to "far-fetched" to be true.

So, I was wondering if any of you could think of an instance in which a viral infection could cause severe and substantial damage to the heart?

(Or do you think she's just looking for sympathy/attention?)

Thanks!
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Postby zeam9 » Fri Mar 23, 2007 5:16 am

My father was told the same thing. He is young, mid forties, healthy, good eater, and had a heart attack out of no where. He was told by one of his doctors that it resulted back to dental care. He had many dental problems and had many surgeries, and the doctor told him he could have gotten a bacteria or virus from them w/o knowing it, this resulting in his heart attack.
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Postby Darby » Fri Mar 23, 2007 5:05 pm

There are a number of viruses (as well as other pathogens) that can cause serious heart damage.
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Postby crashxxbrn » Sat Mar 24, 2007 4:38 pm

Oh yeah, myocarditis. Anything that inflames the heart like a Coxsackie virus can result in chronic heart failure or dilated cardiomyopathy; the former of which is a serious problem, the latter which can potentially be a problem. About the transplant, I don't know, but it could very well be true with for a congenital heart defect.

Not far-fetched at all, really.
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Postby LilKim » Sun Mar 25, 2007 2:34 am

hey guys.. thanks for the info. Maybe she isn't telling a story 'this time' ... ?

yeah, I couldn't think of a good example of a virus that would specifically (and only) target heart tissue. but I guess it's possible. (although I still don't have an example of a potential culprit).

But, you guys are sharp... and thanks for the info!

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Postby Darby » Tue Mar 27, 2007 3:18 pm

It isn't so much a virus that "only" targets the heart, but you can get viruses (and bacteria) that have little effect. People can have Coxsackie virus, for instance, and have no or minimal "regular" symptoms from it, but have it affect their heart.
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Postby Googled » Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:27 am

Hello. I'm new here :)

I've read about this with S. aureus, which of course is a bacterium, not virus. Unless I am mistaken, heart attack can be caused by 'molecular minicry', where the antibodies produced to attack the S. aureus infection also attack the heart valves.

Is this similar?
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Postby vergil5203 » Wed Apr 25, 2007 9:38 am

Doctor have scan her heart??
However,in psychology also have panic attack also can cause this problem
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Postby kotoreru » Wed Apr 25, 2007 3:24 pm

Staph. Aureus can cause many problems if it gets 'carried away' with itself. Never heard of molecular mimicry in this context though...

Oh pericarditis is another heart-virus infection...similar to myocarditis.
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Postby DianeLaVerne » Mon Oct 22, 2007 3:05 pm

Review your early Biology coursework. Antibiotics have no effect on viruses, at least not before I graduated. Has something changed, or can we cure the common cold now?
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