Often referred to as a ‘heart block’, Lyme carditis occurs when the bacteria which causes Lyme disease migrates to the heart, interrupting your regular heartbeat. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Lyme carditis occurs in approximately one in every hundred Lyme disease cases reported to them[1].

See also: What Is Lyme Disease?


People become exposed to Lyme disease when they’re bitten by an infected black-legged tick - the earlier it’s identified, the easier it can be to treat. You can check for Lyme disease with your local doctor or with an at-home lab test.

LetsGetChecked’s at-home Lyme Disease Test can identify borrelia antibodies in your blood, which can indicate the presence of Lyme disease (Lyme borreliosis). Online results will be available within 5 days and our team of nurses will be available to answer any questions you may have.



Symptoms of Lyme carditis


Although Lyme carditis can sometimes result in flu-like symptoms such as fever and body aches - similar to Lyme disease, it can also result in a range of other symptoms, including [2]:

  • Light-headedness
  • Fainting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations
  • Chest pain

Can Lyme carditis be cured?


Although some patients may need a temporary pacemaker, Lyme carditis is commonly treated with antibiotics. According to the CDC, patients generally recover within 1-6 weeks [3].


If you believe you may have been exposed to ticks during any of your outdoor adventures, it’s important to take a Lyme Disease Test.

You should also consider taking the test if:

  • You are presenting with symptoms of Lyme disease
  • You live in a place that is rich in vegetation or a woodland area
  • You live in Northern America or Northern Europe
  • You go camping or hiking on a regular basis, particularly during the Summer or Autumn
  • You come into contact with larger woodland animals on a regular basis


References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lyme carditis. Online: Cdc.gov, 2019
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lyme carditis. Online: Cdc.gov, 2019
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lyme carditis. Online: Cdc.gov, 2019