What Could Infection Around The Heart Be?

My sister’s friend is in the hospital. She had a panic attack and her heart rate will not go down below 140. They’re keeping her tonight to run tests, and say that she could possibly have an infection around her heart. What could cause this? What can they do to fix it?

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Charlie C
Charlie C
50 lat temu

any infection in the body can get in your blood and then travel to your heart. Gum disease can also put you at higher risk for this to happen, along with untreated strep throat. Hopefully, if she does have an infection in the heart, it will be a bacterial infection that is susceptible to antibiotics.

unlv_eng
unlv_eng
50 lat temu

When they say "around the heart" they may not actually mean in the physical vacinity of the heart, mayhap they mispoke and meant "about the heart." Either way, there are plenty of issues that keep the heart rate up. Panic Attacks are mostly psychosomatic, which means a mental issue could have created the physical symptom. Hopefully she didn't take X, because that causes unstable and volitile heart rates. Kidney/Renal issues can cause high blood pressure (that's what Mom has ad so she can't drink tea and very little coffee.) Adrenal glands can go into hyperdrive (have had that happen to… Czytaj więcej »

Runs with Scissors
Runs with Scissors
50 lat temu

Infections can start/ spread to many areas. An infection around the hear is called pericarditis or endocarditis, depending on what is effected. The infection can be anything from a full systemic infection, to TB, to cancer, to syphillis. If it's a true *infection*- antibiotics can cure it- if it's not wide spread, or resistent to the antibiotics they are giving her. They will usually start with either what is called a broad spectrum antibiotic, which covers many bacteria- or if they have a clue of what it is, they may start with something that usually targets this type of infection.… Czytaj więcej »

Anita G
Anita G
50 lat temu

Does your sisters friend have a heart condition? If not…then she may have one that has not been detected. Any patient with a heart condition is at risk for bacterial endocarditis, if they caught it in time they will treat it with antibiotics through an IV.

Good Luck and God Bless

Linda
Linda
50 lat temu

endocarditis?

There are many causes but basically a bacteria sets up house in the tissues surrounding her heart, and it will need antibiotics and thorough nursing care to cure it.

versantl
versantl
50 lat temu

lack of proper handwashing is the biggest cause of any infection. antibiotics can often treat the infection. your question is too vague to help.

Tracy M
Tracy M
50 lat temu

There are a few infections that can infect the heart, I saw above endocarditis mentioned. There is also pericarditis. This is when the sack surrounding the heart becomes inflammed and irritated. It can be caused by several things, and I'm sure if this is what it is,they will run some tests to see.. If it is pericarditis, they treat her with steroids, and she'll be sent home. Let us know what they find out!

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