You're likely to start by seeing your primary care doctor, or in the case of severe symptoms, an emergency room doctor. You might then be referred to a doctor trained in heart conditions (cardiologist) and possibly a doctor trained in infectious disease.
Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.
What you can do
Make a list of:
- Your symptoms, including any that might seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment, and when they began
- Key personal information, including recent illnesses and their symptoms, recent travel locations, and your and your family's medical history
- All medications, vitamins or other supplements you take, including doses
- Questions to ask your doctor
Take a family member or friend along, if possible, to help you remember the information you'll receive.
For myocarditis, basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What's the most likely cause of my symptoms?
- What are other possible causes?
- What tests do I need?
- How is myocarditis treated?
- What side effects can I expect from treatment?
- Are there alternatives to the primary approach you're suggesting?
- I have other health conditions. How can I best manage these conditions together?
- Do I need to restrict my activities?
- Are there brochures or other printed material I can have? What websites do you recommend?
Don't hesitate to ask other questions.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, including:
- Have you recently gotten over another illness?
- Have you traveled out of the country recently?
- Does anything seem to improve your symptoms?
- What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?