A 42-year-old member asked:
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can you tell me why cardiac tamponade is fatal unless treated immediately. would a pneumopericardium be the same efect?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
51 years experience Cardiology
Tamponade: Tamponade results in cardiac compression that impedes cardiac filling and causes severely decreasing cardiac output. Pneumopericardium usually doesn't cause tamponade that seriously.
Answered on Jun 20, 2014

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