Antimyocardial Antibodies
(AMA)

Autoimmune diseases cause the body to attack itself, which leads to inflammation and results in damage to muscles, tissues, and organs. The body produces antibodies specific to each autoimmune disease; the antibody levels measured in your blood are then used by your doctor to diagnose the disease that is causing your symptoms. AMA is a blood test that is mainly used to diagnose Dressler's syndrome, an illness that can develop after either a heart attack or heart surgery. High blood levels of AMAs are present in people with other autoimmune diseases such as cardiomyopathy and rheumatic heart disease, and in people with a strep (streptococcus) infection.

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