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what does it mean to have fluid around your heart

A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Pericardial effusion: It sounds like the baby has a percardial effusion. Specific cases like this will need t be addressed by your doctor to determine if further testing is ... Read More

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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ecaterina Sartina
34 years experience in Pediatrics
Fetal pericarditis: The fluid around the heard called "pericarditis". Isolated findings means probably nothing. "pericardial fluid 2 mm or greater in thickness may be ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Anthony Filly
25 years experience in Radiology
Depends: On the amount of fluid. In general if we see fluid around the heard (pericardial effusion) that goes away when the heart relaxes (diastole) then it i ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ira Friedlander
41 years experience in Cardiac Electrophysiology
Heart failure: If you have survived HPLHS to age 18 you must have had extensive and excellent medical management since you were an infant less than a week old. I am ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alireza Maghsoudi
21 years experience in Cardiology
No: Not neccesarily. Obviously there should be a work up of CHF which includes blood work, echo and stress test.
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
37 years experience in Thoracic Surgery
It depends: Heart attacks can lead to congestive heart failure because of a loss of heart muscle. This can result in a decrease in the squeezing function of the ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
13 years experience in Urgent Care
Pericardial Fluid: This is not normal unfortunately. The clinical condition depends on how much fluid around the heart as too much fluid can compromise heart function. T ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
28 years experience in Radiology
Need more workup: Please have your sister work with her doctors to find out why she has a pericardial effusion, or fluid around her heart and chest pain. Until the r ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
21 years experience in Cardiology
Doesn't matter: Sleep however you are most comfortable.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Budi Bahureksa
30 years experience in Cardiology
Physically or emotio: Physically it means that the heart muscle is deprived of oxygen but emotionally the heart can be strained too by more complex mechanism ( the broken h ... Read More

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