Heart and Blood Conditions

Myocarditis Treatment

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    • For appointments in Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Federal Way, Olympia, Tri-Cities and Wenatchee, call 206-987-2515.
    • For appointments in Tacoma and Silverdale, call 253-272-1812.
    • For appointments in Alaska, call 907-339-1945.

    If this is a medical emergency, call 911.

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  • Locations +

    • Seattle Children's Main Campus: 206-987-2515
    • Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center: 425-454-4644
    • Everett: 425-304-6080
    • South Clinic in Federal Way: 253-838-5878
    • Olympia: 360-459-5009
    • South Sound Cardiology Clinics: 253-272-1812
    • Tri-Cities (Richland): 509-946-0976
    • Wenatchee: 509-662-9266
    • Pediatric Cardiology of Alaska: 907-339-1945
    • Seattle Children's doctors provide many cardiac services at regional sites throughout the Pacific Northwest. See our complete list of Heart Center locations.

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    • If you are a provider, fax a New Appointment Request Form (NARF) (PDF) (DOC) to 206-985-3121 or 866-985-3121 (toll-free).
    • No pre-referral work-up is required for most conditions. If you have already done testing such as an EKG, Holter monitor or echocardiogram, please fax this information as well as relevant clinic notes and the NARF to 206-985-3121 or 866-985-3121 (toll-free).
    • Your patient will be seen as quickly as possible by the provider who is the best match for managing the current problem.
    • View our complete Heart Center Referral Information (PDF).

Myocarditis Treatment Options

Your child may need one or more of these medicines:

  • Antimicrobials can fight infections caused by a selected few viruses, if identified
  • Steroids and intravenous immunoglobulins may be used to reduce inflammation.
  • Diuretics help the kidneys rid the body of extra water. This reduces the heart's workload.
  • If your child's heart muscle is very weak, they will need standard medicines used to treat heart failure.
  • If your child gets a blood clot in their heart, they will need blood-thinning medicine.

An arrhythmia may be treated with medicines or by inserting a pacemaker or a defibrillator.

You will need to reduce your child's activity level for a while and give them a low-salt diet. These steps can make the heart's work easier.

If your child develops cardiomyopathy, they may need other treatment.

New Treatments for Myocarditis

In addition to the therapies described above, at Seattle Children's we are using the latest tools to help the heart pump when it is failing. These tools are called ventricular assist devices, a form of mechanical circulatory life support, and are used in only the most severe forms of myocarditis and cardiomyopathy. They can help allow the heart to rest and also serve as a bridge to heart transplantation if the heart does not recover enough.

 

Julie’s Story – From Failing Heart to Transplant

When myocarditis suddenly threatened her life, Julie traveled from Hawaii to Seattle Children’s to receive a HeartMate II ventricular assist device (VAD). The VAD kept Julie healthy enough to wait for a heart transplant -- and gave her the chance to build her first snowman.

 

AJ’s Story

When a virus attacked AJ’s heart, his team at Seattle Children’s recommended a ventricular assist device (VAD). The CentriMag pump allowed his heart to rest, heal and recover.

Contact Us

Contact the Heart Center at 206-987-2015 for a cardiac referral, a second opinion or more information.