What are the cardiac symptoms of Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis)?

Updated: Apr 26, 2019
  • Author: Louis V Kirchhoff, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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A wide variety of atrial and ventricular rhythm disturbances, including right bundle branch block, left anterior hemiblock, and third-degree atrioventricular block can result in palpitations, dizziness, syncope, and even sudden death.

Cardiomyopathy and consequent congestive heart failure can result in shortness of breath, decreased exercise tolerance, easy fatigability, lower-extremity edema, and nocturia, as well as other signs and symptoms.

Thromboembolism can result in stroke, as well as pulmonary and arterial embolization to areas other than the brain.

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