If you think that you might have myocarditis, be sure to tell your health care team so that you can get testing to find out and start on the right treatment to prevent complications.
If you have myocarditis, make sure to ask questions so that you understand why your heart is inflamed and what you can do.
A list of questions to consider asking:
- Why is my heart inflamed? What’s the cause?
- What blood tests were ordered, and what do they say about my heart?
- How do we know the extent of inflammation in my body?
- Should an electrocardiogram be done to see if the heart muscle inflammation may be disrupting how my heart beats? What about an echocardiogram, cardiac MRI, or other heart tests?
- What treatments can help prevent permanent damage or scarring to the heart muscle?
- Should I stay away from certain activities or exercises? For how long?
- Are there foods I should avoid?
- I’ve heard myocarditis can come back. How likely is that to happen?