Jefferson Health

Pericarditis/Myocarditis

Pericarditis is an inflammation of the sac around the heart. While it is often temporary, Jefferson physicians can help alleviate the pain that accompanies this condition and identify its underlying cause. Because pericarditis is often a lingering effect of a heart attack or heart surgery, or caused by viral infections, our cardiologists will monitor you closely to ensure your pericarditis is not a sign of a more serious problem.

Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle, often caused by viruses but can also be caused by bacteria, parasites and fungi. It is often associated with pericarditis, and many patients present with signs and symptoms that suggest concurrent myocarditis and pericarditis.

If you should require treatment, you can take comfort in knowing that the Jefferson Heart Institute is a world-class center for heart care, built upon Jefferson's storied history of innovation. Our physicians and researchers have spurred some of the most significant advances in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart disease, and we offer more minimally invasive alternatives to heart surgery than any other hospital in the Delaware Valley.

At Jefferson, you can expect personalized, expert care. Our cardiologists and pathologists are trained in the treatment of these conditions and provide state-of-the-art care and support, including open heart transplant and mechanical support.