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A 26-year-old female asked:

Please help, i got my first covid vaccine and im worried i have myocarditis. i have had palpitations on and off for three days. went to doc and did an ekg. can an ekg detect myocarditis? it came back normal no abnormal heart rhythms?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Tamler
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 34 years experience
First off, you get Covid myocarditis from getting the virus and not the vaccine. Diagnostic evaluation for COVID-19–related myocarditis. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends further testing for patients having signs consistent with myocarditis with 1 or more cardiac imaging methods such as echocardiogram or cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR).
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Myocarditis has been reported on very rare occasions associated with J & J Vaccine, and even these cases have been mainly mild and brief. Your EKG is reassuring. Additional testing could be requested but don't know why? Keep in touch with your doctor if you continue to experience symptoms, and decide if additional testing is worthwhile.
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