- Lyme carditis happens when the bacteria causing Lyme disease travels to the heart.
- Common symptoms of Lyme carditis include difficulty breathing, irregular heart rate, fainting, and chest pain.
- Symptoms of Lyme carditis often happen after a person has shown signs or received a diagnosis of Lyme disease.
- Treatment involves antibiotics and, in severe cases, the placement of a temporary pacemaker.
- Although Lyme carditis can be fatal, the disease responds well to modern treatments if caught early.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Lyme carditis, you likely have questions about the disease and how it’s treated. Before learning of this condition, you may or may not have already known you had Lyme disease. These two diseases are intricately linked, so the best option in preventing Lyme carditis is to prevent Lyme disease.
Below you’ll find the answers to all your most pressing questions about both these illnesses and how you can prevent them from happening. Let’s get into it!
What Is Lyme Carditis?
Lyme carditis is an illness that occurs in the heart of someone who has been infected with Lyme disease bacteria. Although Lyme disease most often affects the skin and joints, this bacteria can travel to your heart.
It interferes with the electrical signals sent between your upper and lower heart chamber, and this exchange of electricity is necessary for your heart to continue beating. Physicians call this interference, “heart block.” Complications can range from mild to severe and may even be fatal if not found and treated fast enough.