Acute Myocarditis Versus Myocardial Infarction: Evaluation and Management of the Young Patient with Prolonged Chest Pain--Case Reports

Stratmann, Henry G.
March 1988
Angiology;Mar1988 Part 1, Vol. 39 Issue 3, p253
Academic Journal
Both acute myocarditis and myocardial infarction must be considered in the differential diagnosis of the young patient with angina-like chest pain. Initial assessment may be difficult, since both diseases may produce similar clinical presentations, electrocardiographic changes, and elevations in cardiac enzymes. Early differentiation is important, however, since myocarditis and myocardial infarction differ greatly in their management and prognosis. These difficulties are illustrated by the 2 cases presented, and guidelines for diagnosis and treatment are given.


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