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A 41-year-old member asked:

how long is it take to recover from viral myocarditis?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Variable: Severe myocarditis either improves quickly or results in death. Other forms linger for months and eventually resolve. Chronic forms stabilize but never resolve.
Dr. William Scott
Pediatric Cardiology 39 years experience
It varies: Some patients will have normal heart function return within a few weeks. Some have persistently decreased function. Lastly, some patients continue to deteriorate and may require consideration for heart transplantation.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

Can myocarditis be cured by diet alone?

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Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
No: Medication is almost always needed at least for a while. Many cases improve or resolve over time regardless. Mild cases may be detected incidentally, without any apparent cardiac complaints.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

How does myocarditis effect the body?

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Dr. Michael Silverman
Specializes in Infectious Disease
Can be significant: Myocarditis can be associated with heart failure and therefore can have serious detrimental effects on the body.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

How is myocarditis affect the heart?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Breathing andor pain: It can present as chest pain that is worse with a deep breath especially when lying down ("myo-pericarditis") or it can present with shortness of breath with exertion or when lying down. The ankles sometimes swell. It is sometimes part of a viral illness with upset stomach, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea and fever.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What does myocarditis look similar to on an ekg?

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Dr. Satinder Aggarwal
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
HEART ATTACK: Myocarditis EKG may look very similar to acute myocardial infarction.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Does having a normal EKG rule out myocarditis?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Not necessarily: If you suspect myocarditis this is a diagnosis which should be investigated by experienced clinicians. It is conceivable that you have heart muscle inflammation without ECG changes, but this is unusual.

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