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what are the presenting symptoms of cardiac tamponade?

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Dr. Mark Landers
30 years experience Cardiac Electrophysiology
Tamponade Symptoms: Cardiac tamponade is caused by fluid or blood collecting aroung the heart constricting the heart and not allowing it to fill correctly resulting in low blood pressure. Symptoms usually include shortness of breath, weakness, coming close to passing out, or passing out. Chest pain is not uncommon due to irritation of the lining of the heart. It gets better sitting up and worse lying down.
Answered on Sep 18, 2012

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