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Myocarditis & Pericarditis

Myocarditis and pericarditis are two types of heart inflammation and damage to the heart muscles. These two conditions can lead to some serious and unwanted consequences. In this blog, we will explore the differences between myocarditis and pericarditis, their symptoms, causes and various treatment options.

What is myocarditis & pericarditis?

Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle (myocardium), while pericarditis is an inflammation of the lining that surrounds the heart (pericardium). Both conditions can cause chest pain, shortness of breath, and other symptoms related to heart function.

The symptoms of myocarditis and pericarditis can be similar and include:

• Chest pain that may radiate to the neck, back, or shoulders
• Shortness of breath
• Fatigue and weakness
• Swelling in the legs, ankles, or feet
• Irregular heartbeat or palpitations
• Fever
• Dry cough
• Loss of appetite
• Increased risk for heart failure, blood clots, stroke or heart attack
• Nausea

In some cases, these symptoms may be mild and resolve on their own. However, severe cases of myocarditis or pericarditis can lead to heart failure, arrhythmias, and even sudden death.

How serious is pericarditis? It depends on the type of pericarditis that you have and how severe your condition is. If the pericardium is very inflamed and the heart becomes constricted as a result, then there’s a higher chance that severe symptoms will develop.

How serious is myocarditis? Myocarditis has been associated with permanent heart damage and in some cases can lead to sudden death, heart failure, heart attacks, stroke, and heart arrhythmias. Myocarditis can stop the heart muscle from properly being able to pump blood, which might cut off blood supply to the brain or other organs.

Myocarditis & Pericarditis after Vaccination or COVID Infection

Recent studies have shown an increase in cases of myocarditis and pericarditis following COVID-19 vaccination, particularly in young men aged 12-21. Due to the increased number of cases, there has been more awareness surrounding myocarditis and pericarditis due to infections and / or vaccinations.

While there have been reports of an increased risk of myocarditis following COVID-19 vaccination, particularly in younger males, the exact cause of this association is not yet fully understood. Without long term data and ongoing investigations to better understand this correlation we won’t know the how, why or chronic damage.

The COVID-19 vaccines are still an experimental drug as typically, vaccines undergo a longer and more comprehensive review process (usually several years) before being fully approved for use by the public. The VOCID-19 vaccines have been granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by regulatory agencies such as the US FDA, the EMA, and the WHO. This means that the vaccines have not yet received full approval, but have been authorized for emergency use during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Causes of Myocarditis & Pericarditis

• Viral infections
• Bacterial infections
• Fungal or parasitic infections
• Autoimmune diseases
• Exposure to toxins or drugs
• Vaccinations
• Radiation therapy
• Cancer
• Trauma or injury


Conventional Treatment for Myocarditis & Pericarditis

Conventional treatment for myocarditis and pericarditis typically involves medications to manage symptoms, such as pain relievers and anti-inflammatories. In severe cases, hospitalisation may be necessary to provide additional support, including oxygen therapy or mechanical ventilation.

Functional Medicine Approach 

Functional medicine takes a root cause approach to treatment, which means that it aims to identify and address the underlying factors that contribute to the development of myocarditis or pericarditis. Don’t forget, myocarditis is a serious condition that requires medical attention before using a functional approach to healing.

Some potential functional medicine approaches include:

Nutrition & reducing inflammation

Eating a diet that is rich in anti-inflammatory foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds, may help reduce inflammation in the body. Avoiding processed and high-fat foods, as well as sugar and alcohol, may also be beneficial.

Identifying and treating infections

Testing to identify any underlying infections that may be contributing to the inflammation in the heart. Some herbal remedies that have been traditionally used to treat infections and inflammation. Ozone therapy is another effective therapy used to treat various infections and inflammatory conditions, including myocarditis. Certain supplements may also be helpful in reducing inflammation and supporting the body’s natural healing processes in cases of myocarditis, specifically for infections.

Stress Reduction

Stress can contribute to inflammation in the body and negatively impact overall health. Mind-body practices such as meditation, yoga, and deep breathing exercises may help reduce stress and improve overall well-being.


It’s important to stay active! Regular exercise can help improve heart health and reduce inflammation in the body.


Some supplements, such as vitamin D, and magnesium, may have anti-inflammatory properties and be beneficial for heart health. One study published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology in 2015 investigated the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on heart function in rats with myocarditis. The study found that omega-3 fatty acids improved heart function and reduced inflammation and oxidative stress in the heart.


Acupuncture may help reduce inflammation in the body and improve overall well-being.


Homeopathy is a holistic treatment that uses highly diluted substances to stimulate the body’s healing response. But it’s important to consult with a licensed homeopath.

Ozone therapy

One study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food in 2011 examined the effects of ozone therapy on markers of inflammation and oxidative stress in patients with coronary artery disease. The study found that ozone therapy reduced levels of inflammation and oxidative stress, which are associated with cardiovascular disease. Increased oxygenation is one benefit of ozone therapy, as ozone releases oxygen into the body.


The functional medicine approach to myocarditis and pericarditis involves identifying and addressing the root causes of inflammation in the heart, rather than simply treating the symptoms with conventional medications. This approach takes into account the interconnectedness of various systems in the body and seeks to optimize overall health and wellness.

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