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Myocarditis Resources for Healthcare Professionals

At the Myocarditis Foundation, we aim to inspire care providers like you to learn more about myocarditis. As a rare form of heart disease, myocarditis often goes undetected or even misdiagnosed in patients of all ages. With the following resources, you can arm yourself with the heart disease education you need to provide informed, accurate care for your patients with myocarditis, giant cell myocarditis, pericarditis, and related conditions.

Myocarditis Education for Frontline Clinicians

We, at the Myocarditis Foundation, feel the need to share this extremely important information for you as frontline clinicians, whether you work in the Triage Area of an Emergency Room, a Pediatrician or Family Practice Office, your own Independent Practice, or just as a nursing professional looking for information on the disease.

If you’d like to obtain a certificate for one hour of Myocarditis Education from the Myocarditis Foundation, please complete the separate “Test for Nurses”, and email it to: [email protected].  Please be sure to clearly print your information on the test form and we will send you the certificate.

Browse Our Resources

In response to a dire need for more information about myocarditis, an inflammatory response that attacks the heart muscle leading to cardiac dysfunction and heart failure, the Myocarditis Foundation is dedicated to getting you the facts! Browse the following research photos and descriptions to improve your knowledge of this under diagnosed disease.

Research Photos Detailed Descriptions

Complement Deposition Pericardium

Complement (C3) deposition in the heart of a mouse with myocarditis stains green. High staining area is the pericardium. Complement and autoantibodies (called immune complexes) deposit in the heart during myocarditis causing cardiac dysfunction.

Eosinophilic Myocarditis

Eosinophilic myocarditis in a mouse. Cardiac muscle is pink, inflammatory cells stain dark purple. Eosinophils are inflammatory cells with a donut-shape and a bright pink center.

Fibrosis in Blue

Fibrosis in a mouse heart with chronic myocarditis. Fibrosis (e.g. scaring of the myocardium) stains bright blue and cardiac tissue stains deep pink. Scarring of the myocardium leads to dilated cardiomyopathy or an enlarged heart, which places an individual at risk for heart failure.

Myocarditis

Myocarditis in a mouse heart. Cardiac tissue is pink, cardiac inflammation stains purple.

Myocarditis

Myocarditis in a mouse heart. Cardiac tissue stains pink, while cardiac inflammation stains purple. Vessels containing red blood cells stain bright pink.

Myocarditis

Myocarditis in a mouse heart. Cardiac tissue stains pink, while cardiac inflammation stains purple. Vessels containing red blood cells stain bright pink.

Myocarditis

Myocarditis in a mouse heart. Cardiac tissue is pink, cardiac inflammation stains purple.

Pericarditis

Pericarditis (outer layer of the heart) in a mouse heart. Normal cardiac tissue stains bright pink. Flakey outer layers are pericarditis. Pericarditis alone or with myocarditis (perimyocarditis) can cause cardiac dysfunction.

Pericarditis

Perimyocarditis in a mouse heart. Normal cardiac tissue is bright pink. Purple cell layer on the outer edge of the heart is inflammation (i.e. perimyocarditis). Pericarditis alone or with myocarditis (perimyocarditis) can cause cardiac dysfunction.

Pericarditis

Pericarditis (outer layer of the heart) in a mouse heart. Normal cardiac tissue is bright pink. Purple outer layer is pericarditis. Pericarditis alone or with myocarditis (perimyocarditis) can cause cardiac dysfunction.

As a care provider, there are seemingly endless factors that you must consider when diagnosing a patient. To help you gather the fast-facts about myocarditis, the Myocarditis Foundation has compiled resources on the following topics for you to explore:

Want to learn more? Browse myocarditis FAQs and research articles!

Worldwide Myocarditis Events

To raise awareness about myocarditis, the Myocarditis Foundation helps people across the world host and attend events like cookouts, yard sales, walk-a-thons, and much more. We not only advertise these events on our website, but we also provide hosts with educational materials, guest speakers (when available), and poster displays to teach guests about this disease.

Resources by and for Healthcare Professionals

Healthcare providers make up a large, international network of people driven by a shared goal: caring for patients. To help each other realize this goal, providers often write articles to share their important findings with others. The Myocarditis Foundation has compiled the following selections written by healthcare providers for your quick reference:

Learn from Dr. Cooper’s Expertise

Dr. Leslie Cooper, one of the co-founders of the Myocarditis Foundation, is an expert in myocarditis care. Not only has the majority of his medical research focused on myocarditis, but he has also edited a textbook called Myocarditis: From Bench to Bedside. This resource covers everything from basic myocarditis research to bedside medicine, including the following chapters:

Aside from these feats, Dr. Cooper has also given several talks on myocarditis and endomyocardial biopsy. He also frequently hosts the Myocarditis Foundation’s webinars, answering questions from both providers and patients alike.

Contact Us Today

Without healthcare providers like you, our mission would not be attainable. We hope that our resources can provide you with the heart disease education and support that you need to care for patients with myocarditis. To learn more about our provider and patient resources, contact the Myocarditis Foundation today by calling 281-713-2962.

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