Cardiologists recall that due to a higher risk of myocarditis, it is preferable to refrain from sports within 7 days of a positive test for Covid-19 or a dose of vaccine.
It has now been proven: after infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, the risk of developing myocarditis (i.e. inflammation of part of the heart muscle or myocardium) is higher.
“Myocarditis is found in around 1 case of Covid in 10,000, that’s a lot, notes Dr. Alexandre Duparc, cardiologist at the University Hospital Center (CHU) in Toulouse., interviewed by our colleagues from The Dispatch. It also seems that myocarditis due to Covid-19 is more serious than that induced by other viruses, with more frequent complications.“
Faced with this risk, the French Society of Cardiology wanted to recall a common sense measure: after an infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, it is preferable to refrain from playing sports for (at least) 7 days. .
Risk of myocarditis: avoid sport after an infection or vaccination
“Do not exercise when you have a fever, body aches or joint pain is one of the ten golden rules to avoid cardiovascular accidents and myocarditis“says the specialist.
In detail, cardiologists recommendexclude “moderate to intense” physical activity (running, fitness, cycling, hiking…in a club or solo, for example) for at least 7 days after a positive test for Covid-19, even without symptoms. In case of palpitations, chest pain or shortness of breath, it is imperative to seek medical advice before resuming sporting activity.
This cautionary advice also applies in the post-vaccination period against Covid-19: thus, in November 2021, a vast study carried out by Health Insurance and the ANSM had confirmed an increased risk of myocarditis, in particular in under 30 vaccinated with Moderna.
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