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what is and what causes cardiac tamponade?

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Dr. Wesley Marquart
17 years experience General Surgery
Fluid under pressure: The heart is surrounded by an envelope called the pericardial sac. When fluid develops in the sac, it can build up pressure resulting in what's called a cardiac tamponade. The heart being a pump cannot effectively perform its function against this pressure unless the fluid is removed.
Answered on Oct 29, 2011
Dr. Matt Malkin
15 years experience Anesthesiology
Fluid around heart: The pericardium is a "skin" surrounding the heart. It is usually empty, though can fill with fluid -from heart failure, autoimmune dz, cancer or infection- or blood from trauma. When the fluid builds up enough pressure to prevent the heart from expanding to fill with blood, tamponade results. This is life-threatening and requires immediate drainage to prevent cardiovascular collapse.
Answered on Sep 18, 2012

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