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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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