Archive | Pericarditis


Monitoring Blood Pressure When You Have Pericarditis

Monitoring your blood pressure when you have Pericarditis is very important. But before we discuss monitoring your blood pressure, we’ll chat briefly about what is pericarditis and its associated symptoms. Pericarditis is inflammation of the pericardium, or tissue sac that surrounds the heart. In addition to keeping the heart in place, the pericardium helps the […]

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Pericarditis and Lupus: These Are The Symptoms Of Lupus & Pericarditis

Lupus is a disease of the skin or mucous membranes, most commonly distinguished by tissue inflammation, skin rashes or skin sores. While lupus can create external symptoms, it can also affect the internal organs. Pericarditis and lupus patients need to be especially careful with their health and treatment plan. Lupus patients are especially sensitive to […]

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Pericarditis and Stress: Psychological Stress Has Cardiac Effect

Increased stress can cause a severe chain reaction of symptoms in the body, which can confuse the immune system into thinking that the abnormal chemical process is an attack on the body. Abnormal stress responses can be the result of various diseases or conditions, including anxiety disorders, depression, substance abuse, and post traumatic stress disorder. […]

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Pericarditis and Sarcoidosis Diagnosis: How It Affects You

What Is Sarcoidosis? Sarcoidosis was originally called Hutchinson’s disease or Boeck’s disease – named after Dr. Hutchinson and Dr. Boeck, who were both researching this disease independently. Dr. Boeck renamed this disease Sarcoidosis, which stems from the Greek words “oid” and “sark”, meaning “flesh-like”. These words describe frequently occurring skin eruptions that are caused by […]

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Causes of Pericarditis

There are many causes of pericarditis, but it is often a complication of a viral infection (viral pericarditis) – usually a gastrointestinal virus, or less commonly the flu virus or AIDS. It may also be caused by a bacterial infection (bacterial pericarditis), fungal infection (fungal pericarditis) or parasitic infection (parasitic pericarditis). Certain autoimmune diseases, such […]

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Pericarditis and Rheumatoid Arthritis: What Is RA And The Outcome?

The majority of patients develop pericarditis after the onset of rheumatoid arthritis; however, pericarditis may precede rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in some patients due to the complications of the inflammation process that can occur during, or after a pericarditis flare. Evaluating the origin of pericardial effusion in patients may help with the early diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. The […]

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Possible Complications of Pericarditis

In this article, we take a look at 2 possible complications of Pericarditis Constrictive Pericarditis Constrictive pericarditis is a severe form of chronic pericarditis in which the inflamed layers of the pericardium stiffen, develop scar tissue, thicken and stick together. The thick, rigid pericardium constricts the heart’s normal movement so that it cannot expand normally […]

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When To See Your Doctor If You Have Percarditis

If you have any of the symptoms of acute pericarditis described in these pages you should schedule a visit with your doctor immediately.   Pericarditis can become a life-threatening condition because pericardial effusion can develop and possibly lead to a severe compression of the heart that impairs its ability to function – this is called […]

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Pericarditis Diagnosis

Your doctor will start with an evaluation of your symptoms: the sharp pain in the chest, back of the shoulders and difficulty breathing are two major clues that you may have pericarditis rather than a heart attack. Your doctor also will ask you about your medical history, such as whether you have had a recent […]

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Symptoms of Pericarditis

 What Are The Symptoms Of Pericarditis? The chest pain symptoms associated with pericarditis can be described as: ▪ Sharp and stabbing (caused by the heart rubbing against the pericardium) ▪ The pain may increase with coughing, swallowing, deep breathing or lying flat ▪ Pain can be relieved by sitting up and leaning forward ▪ You […]

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