What are the activity restrictions for patients with acute pericarditis?

Updated: Apr 02, 2019
  • Author: Sean Spangler, MD; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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Activity should be limited to avoid strenuous activities or trauma, which may increase the risk of hypotension or arrhythmias.

The 2015 ESC update of their 2004 guidelines recommends the following regarding activities in individuals with acute or recurrent pericarditis (both class IIa, level C evidence) [3]

  • Non-athletes: Consider exercise restriction until symptomatic resolution and normalization of C-reactive protein (CRP), electrocardiography (ECG), and echocardiography.
  • Athletes: Consider at least 3 months of exercise restriction until symptomatic resolution and normalization of CRP, ECG, and echocardiography.

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