Myocarditis is an inflammatory disease of the heart muscle which is usually caused by a viral infection, rarely by bacteria. The disease represents a side effect of a general infection or occurs staggered on to the infectious disease. The clinical course is highly variable, ranging from asymptomatic or mild (majority of cases) to fulminant cases (rare). Symptoms in the form of fatigue, weakness or palpitations are usually associated with an infection. Athletes with a proven myocarditis should refrain from sports activity for 3-6 months. 

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Institut für Sport- und Präventivmedizin 

Saarland University

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