Heart failure caused by an infection
Most people with heart failure can trace it to long-standing cardiac risks. An unlucky few have a virus to blame.
A hundred people walk into a room and one walks out with a heart infection. This sounds like the setup to a bad joke, but it is an accurate description of how viral cardiomyopathy strikes. Unlike heart muscle weakness brought on by years of stress to the cardiovascular system, viral cardiomyopathy is a chance disease that blossoms from a routine cold virus or other infection.