I Have Myocarditis

Myocarditis is a disease marked by inflammation and damage to the heart. Several thousand individuals are diagnosed with myocarditis each year in the US.

I Lost Someone To Myocarditis

The best way to support yourself and your loved ones is to learn from others experiences, educate yourself about the disease, and get involved.

For Clinicians And Researchers

Our site provides up-to-date information for physicians, nurses and researchers with the goal of partnering to make advances in diagnosis and treatment.


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  • Awareness & Fundraising
27 Dec
Awareness & Fundraising

The Myocarditis Foundation is Pleased to Announce the Recipient of the Foundation’s 2022 Fellowship Grant Award

Dr. Wumesh KC, MD, PhD, of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, is the 2022 Fellowship Grant Recipient for the Myocarditis Foundation. Dr. KC’s...
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The Myocarditis Foundation, in collaboration with researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, is...

New Pericarditis Community on Inspire

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The Myocarditis Foundation is proud to announce we have launched an online support community for those affected by Pericarditis.  Connect to the pericarditis community by going to Pericarditis.Inspire.com

The Myocarditis Online Support Community has members from around the world!!


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The Myocarditis Foundation’s support community now has 615 members from 18 different countries around the world!! Patients, caregivers and friends are having valuable conversations. Recently many newly diagnosed patients and families have reached out for support. Click on a link below to view a conversation and lend a supportive word if you can.

Thankful I Found a Myocarditis Community ….. from a 23 year old nursing student

16 Year-old Healthy Son Just Diagnosed ….. from a mother in Minneapolis

Myocarditis – Living With It ….. from Jonah212 who was diagnosed in February

Visit myocarditis.inspire.com to participate


% More Men Than Women


32nd Leading Cause of Death Worldwide


% of Sudden Death in USA


Cases in 2019

Myocarditis Foundation

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Welcome to the website of the Myocarditis Foundation. Founded in 2005 by Dr. Leslie T. Cooper and Candace Moose, the Myocarditis Foundation has made it our mission to fund research, facilitate awareness and provide support to families affected by this rare disease. We’re a private 501 (c) nonprofit myocarditis organization that dedicates all our resources to helping patients, survivors and the families of those who have lost their lives to myocarditis.

What is Myocarditis?

Myocarditis causes inflammation of and eventual damage to the heart muscle. Thousands of individuals in the U.S. are diagnosed with myocarditis every year and the disease is believed to account annually for anywhere from 5 to 20 percent of sudden deaths. While giant cell myocarditis can often affect those with autoimmune disorders, the more common viral myocarditis often impacts healthy individuals of all ages, including children and infants. There is no cure for myocarditis, although effective treatments are available if the disease is caught early. The long-term side effect is Heart Failure which can lead to the need for mechanical support and or a heart transplant.

Our Goals

Classed as a rare disease, myocarditis remains mostly unknown to the public. Because of this lack of awareness and the risk the condition poses, the Myocarditis Foundation has identified two key goals. First, we are committed to providing accurate, up-to-date information for patients, their families and medical professionals alike. Second, we support the scientific advancement of the disease’s diagnosis and treatment to help save lives.

How We Help

Through the support of many volunteers and donors, the Myocarditis Foundation is able to provide a number of services in support of individuals with myocarditis, their loved ones and the healthcare providers committed to their care. These include:

  • Conferences and lectures for patients and professionals
  • Information clearinghouse for the public and healthcare providers
  • An educational website with additional resources
  • Research grants for post-doctoral myocarditis researchers
  • Maintaining a listing and Myocarditis Foundation contact on the National Organization for Rare Diseases (NORD), the primary nongovernmental clearinghouse for information on rare conditions

We’re also proud to offer important programs, such as our ER Nurse Education Program, a support community and the world’s first myocarditis BioBank with adult and pediatric samples from around the world to encourage rapid advances in research.

Toward a Cure

Thanks to our donors and volunteers, no one is alone in the fight against myocarditis. Ready to get involved? Contact the Myocarditis Foundation for more information or make a donation today.


The Myocarditis Foundation is led by world-renown physicians, researchers and patients who volunteer their time. It funds research fellowship projects and partners with researchers in order to improve diagnosis and find new therapies.


Our greatest challenge going forward is the lack of information about myocarditis. But there is hope- the Myocarditis Foundation is raising awareness by sponsoring national and international conference sessions, supplying physicians with recent findings, and supporting family-sponsored fundraising /awareness events.

Family Support

If you've been diagnosed with myocarditis or giant cell myocarditis, you are not alone. Although under-diagnosed, myocarditis affects otherwise healthy people each year and is a leading cause of sudden death.

How the Myocarditis Foundation was Founded

Featured Real Life Story

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Thalia’s Story

2016 is a year our family will never forget.