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Beauty Pill‘s Chad Clark is having open-heart surgery today. He wrote about his health earlier this week on his MySpace page:

I went to see a cardiologist. He determined that, indeed, my heart had become enflamed by the virus. The term for this condition was viral cardiomyopathy.

This was bad news.

Viral cardiomyopathy is no picnic. I’ve learned a lot about the structure of the heart since all of this started. Your heart is relatively defenseless as far as infections go. It generally does not expect to receive unwanted guests. Other organs in your body (your kidneys, your lungs, your skin, your liver, your stomach) are far more likely to be infected by viruses. Getting a virus in your heart has been described to me by one nurse as being “as unlikely as being struck by lightning.”