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Pericarditis Treatment: What Are Your Treatment Options?

 How is Pericarditis Treated? Acute pericarditis treatment (sudden onset) may include medication for pain and inflammation, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, including ibuprofen in large doses. Depending on the cause of your pericarditis, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic (for bacterial pericarditis) or an antifungal medication (for fungal pericarditis). If your symptoms last longer than […]

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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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What is Pericarditis?

What Is The Pericardium? What is Pericarditis and the pericardium? The pericardium is a thin, two-layered, fluid-filled sac that covers the outer surface of the heart. It shields the heart from infection or malignancy and contains the heart in the chest wall. It also prevents the heart from over-expanding when blood volume increases, which keeps […]

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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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Pericardial Tuberculosis Clinical Diagnosis And Symptoms

Tuberculosis and Pericarditis Pericardial tuberculosis is a complication of tuberculosis. The diagnosis for this condition can be difficult to establish and can be often delayed or missed, leading to serious complications such as  constrictive pericarditis.   Pericardial tuberculosis can be seen with 1 to 2% patients suffering from primary tuberculosis. In the last decade, tuberculosis […]

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Glossary of Pericarditis Terms

Acute pericarditis: Inflammation of the pericardium that develops suddenly and is accompanied by the sudden onset of symptoms. Cardiac tamponade: A severe compression of the heart that impairs its ability to function. Cardiac tamponade is a medical emergency that requires prompt diagnosis and treatment. Chronic pericarditis: Inflammation of the pericardium that lasts for three months […]

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So You Have Pericardial Mesothelioma: What Is The Outcome?

Pericardial mesothelioma is a cancer found in the membranes surrounding the heart. The pericardial membrane of the heart consists of two layers. The outer layer is called the parietal pericardium and the inner layer is called the visceral pericardium. Pericardial mesothelioma is the rarest kind of mesothelioma that is known to us. Almost all kinds […]

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Surgery For Pericarditis: What Happens?

The recommendation of surgery for Pericarditis is a judgment call made by the doctor on a case by case basis. Depending on your overall health, the procedure is relatively safe. Sometimes surgery is necessary when fluid builds up in the pericardium and causes compression. In this case, you may need to undergo pericardiocentesis – which […]

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Symptoms of Pericarditis: What To Look For…

Do I have Symptoms of Pericarditis…. Pericarditis is the medical term for inflammation of the pericardial sac surrounding the heart. The cause of Pericarditis is usually unknown, but often due to viral infections in the majority of patients. It can be a complication of other associated diseases or even traumatic injuries to the heart. We […]

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What Is Constrictive Pericarditis, What Are The Causes And Symptoms?

Constrictive pericarditis is the chronic inflammation of the pericardial sac surrounding the heart. This causes thickening, scarring and contraction of the pericardium and impedes the heart’s ability to dilate before it pumps out blood. What Happens In Constrictive Pericarditis? The fibrotic pericardium that develops in constrictive pericarditis impedes the diastolic function of the heart. In […]

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