Inflammatory Cardiomyopathy (DCMi)

Pathogenesis and Therapy

  • Heinz-Peter Schultheiss
  • Michel Noutsias

Part of the Progress in Inflammation Research book series (PIR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Myocarditis and inflammatory cardiomyopathy — clinical management, epidemiology and prognosis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Bernhard Maisch, Konstantinos Karatolios, Sabine Pankuweit, Arsen Ristic
      Pages 3-24
  3. Animal models of myocarditis — autoimmunity and viral infection; therapeutic interventions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Christoph Berger, Urs Eriksson
      Pages 37-49
    3. Susanne Rutschow, Michel Noutsias, Matthias Pauschinger
      Pages 71-88
  4. Alterations of the immune system in human viral and inflammatory cardiomyopathy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Jeffrey A. Towbin, Matteo Vatta
      Pages 91-156
    3. Roland Jahns, Valérie Boivin, Georg Ertl, Martin J. Lohse
      Pages 157-170
  5. Diagnosis of inflammatory and viral cardiomyopathy

  6. Treatment strategies in inflammatory cardiomyopathy patients

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Andrea Frustaci, Cristina Chimenti
      Pages 257-264
    3. Heinz-Peter Schultheiss, Michel Noutsias, Uwe Kühl
      Pages 265-278
    4. Stephan B. Felix, Alexander Staudt
      Pages 279-289
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 291-296

About this book


Cardiomyopathy is one of the most frequent causes of heart failure, and a leading entity of cardiac transplantation in the era of modern heart failure regimens. This volume focuses on major advances in inflammatory cardiomyopathy (DCMi) during the past 10 years.

The book is divided up into the following sections: 1. Myocarditis and inflammatory cardiomyopathy – clinical management, epidemiology and prognosis; 2. Animal Models of myocarditis – autoimmunity and viral infection and therapeutic interventions; 3. Alterations of the immune system in human viral and inflammatory cardiomyopathy; 4. Diagnostic concepts of inflammatory and viral cardiomyopathy in endomyocardial biopsies (EMBs) including cardiac magnetic resonance; 5. Conventional and immunomodulatory treatment strategies in inflammatory cardiomyopathy patients.

An international group of authors discusses topics as the histological Dallas criteria for clinical diagnostics, emerging relevance of immunohistological detection of DCMi and detectability of viruses in EMBs, and epidemiology and standard clinical treatment of acute myocarditis and dilated cardiomyopathy patients.

This volume serves as a valuable source for cardiologists and cardiovascular pathologists to update their knowledge on DCMi, a still enigmatic and fascinating cardiovascular disorder, which has made major steps from bench to bedside in the past decade.


antibody autoimmunity cytokine genetics heart immune system immunology infection infections inflammation interferon molecular genetics pathogenesis pathology viral infection

Editors and affiliations

  • Heinz-Peter Schultheiss
    • 1
  • Michel Noutsias
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Cardiology and PneumologyCharité—Universitätsmedizin Berlin Campus Benjamin FranklinBerlinGermany

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