What does it feel like to have fulminant myocarditis? How does it feel to see a loved one on ECMO? What impact do healthcare heroes have on their patients’ and their families’? Tune into this remarkable firsthand patient perspective as Chas and Julie Miller recount their experience with fulminant myocarditis. In Episode 31 we discussed the science & medicine of myocarditis. Now in Episode 32 we realize the emotions and human experience on the other side through the lens of a patient and his loving wife. Special messages from CCU nursing, Megan VanName, Alyssa Noonan, and Kelly Norsworthy, as well as Dr. Dan Choi, cardiac surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
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5 points of maximal impulse in approaching myocarditis (review from episode 31)
- Build the clinical suspicion for myocarditis: You need a high index of suspicion given the variable presentation, and definitely need to keep a differential so you don’t miss things like acute coronary syndromes.
- Decide if EMBx is necessary: Most often obtained in fulminant presentations to look for pathologic findings of giant cell myocarditis or eosinophilic myocarditis, because these findings will change management.
- Manage the acute cardiac injury, which can range from supportive care to treatment of shock, arrhythmias, and even tamponade.
- Manage the chronic cardiac sequelae: Recovering from the acute phase of myocarditis doesn’t necessarily mean smooth sailing — some develop chronic heart failure, warranting GDMT — or guideline directed management and therapy, as defined byDr. Randall Starling in Ep 13.
- Treat the myocarditis: Immunosuppression is often started empirically in fulminant disease, but continuation depends on what you find on pathology.