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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bart Denys
38 years experience Cardiology
Pericarditis: Constrictive pericarditis involves stiffening/thickening/hardening of the pericardium or "heart sack". This can be caused by many disease processes. C ... Read More
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Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Fibrosis and scar: The heart is wrapped in a double layer of thick fibrous tissue called the pericardium. Normally only a few drops of lubricating fluid is present in th ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
30 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Infections and other: This is a stiffening of the normally pliable sac that holds the heart. Infections in the fluid around the heart, and scarring conditions that have no ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
32 years experience Cardiology
Depends on severity: Severe constrictive pericardiris can be treated with surgery called a pericardiotomy where they strip off the sack around the heart to relieve the con ... Read More
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Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Surgery: Most true constrictive pericarditis needs removal of a major portion of the pericardial sac.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
30 years experience Cardiology
Cath/MRI: Constrictive pericarditis can be suggested by findings on physical exam, chest x-ray and echocardiogram. A cardiac catheterization can provide more co ... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Scar formation: Scar formation in the sac enclosing the heart leads to constriction of the heart and interfere with the pumping function. It causes back-up of blood ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
32 years experience Cardiology
Varies: Can range from mild shortness of breathe with exertion to flash pulmonay edema and florid heart failure.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Jost
35 years experience Cardiology
See below: Viral and bacterial infection, inflammation due to collagen vascular disease.
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivier Frankenberger
26 years experience Cardiology
Limited treatment: Constrictive pericarditis describes a situation in which the sac around the heart has gotten very stiff - usually as a result of prior inflammation fr ... Read More
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A 68-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Not likely: It is better to look at the actual values and not just the ratio. All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who or ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
36 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Squeeze: Constrictive pericarditis is caused by inflammation from whatever source(cancer, infection,trauma) causing thickening and constriction of pericardial ... Read More

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