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Category: Circulatory System
This is an inflammation of the muscle substance of the
heart. It may be acute or chronic.
Causes. Endocarditis and pericarditis in the course of rheumatism; acute
fevers like typhoid, etc.; clots lodging in the heart arteries, coming
from diseases such as septicemia and pyemia.
Symptoms. The heart is weak. The pulse is rapid, small and irregular,
palpitation and fainty sensations come on suddenly during the course of
diseases mentioned. The outlook is serious and life may end suddenly.
Treatment. The same as that given for endocarditis. Absolute rest is
necessary. A good nourishing diet must be given and a doctor is always
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