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Carditis is the inflammation of the heart[1] or its surroundings.

It is usually studied and treated by specifying it as:

Pancarditis - inflammation of the entire heart (the epicardium and the myocardium and the endocardium)

carditis - inflammation of the heart

Reflux carditis refers to a possible outcome of esophageal reflux (also known as GERD), and involves inflammation of the esophagus/stomach mucosa