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After COVID-19, athletes at lower risk for developing myocarditis than originally thought – Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri 2021-02-22 14:39:44 –

Doctors at the St. Lukes Health System in Kansas City, Missouri, said there are studies showing that athletes are at a lower risk of developing myocarditis after being infected with COVID-19 than initially thought.

Myocarditis causes inflammation of the muscles and can weaken the heart. This condition can lead to heart failure and sudden death.

Dr. Anthony Magalski, a cardiologist at the St. Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute, said the news was a positive development for athletes infected with COVID-19 in dealing with long-term symptoms.

According to Magalski, the number of athletes who develop myocarditis after being infected with COVID-19 may be as low as 2% to 3%.

The cardiologist said there was a set of recommendations for athletes on their return to the field or court, including a 10-14 day rest period following a reassessment by the team’s physician or primary care physician.

“Based on these findings, we may have several other tests, such as an electrocardiogram and ultrasonography,” Magalski said. “But in most cases, athletes can recover, become asymptomatic, and return to play within a reasonable period of time.”

The main symptoms to watch out for are abnormal shortness of breath, chest discomfort, and / or arrhythmia.

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