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Cardiac MRI Shows Less Myocarditis in Athletes Post-COVID-19 Than Previously Reported

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Photo: Vanderbilt University Medical Center

In a contradiction of research results published this past summer, cardiac MRI shows that heart muscle inflammation in athletes who have recovered from COVID-19 is not as common as previously believed.

In a study published by the American Heart Association, Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers found that only a small number of athletes among the 59 evaluated suffered lingering cardiac effects. The results will be published in the February Circulation.

“The degree of myocarditis found by cardiac MRI in Vanderbilt athletes was only 3 percent, which is really good news,” said first author ...