1. bookVolume 65 (2016): Issue 4 (December 2016)
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Viral Infection of the Heart: Pathogenesis and Diagnosis

Published Online: 28 Feb 2016
Volume & Issue: Volume 65 (2016) - Issue 4 (December 2016)
Page range: 391 - 398
Received: 09 Oct 2015
Accepted: 18 Apr 2016
Journal Details
First Published
04 Mar 1952
Publication timeframe
4 times per year

Viral infections of the heart cause serious clinical problems, either as infectious myocarditis, which usually is a consequence of acute infection or as idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, resulting rather from a chronic infection. This minireview presents an up-to-date view on patho- mechanisms of viral infection of the heart tissues, the role of immune system in controlling infectious process at its various stages and current possibilities of recognizing viral infection of the heart with use of both cardiological and virological methods. Our goal was to present the variety of known viral agents causing heart infection, level of complexity in mutual virus-cell interactions, and consequent clinical scenarios.


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