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what are the core symptoms of pericarditis?

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Dr. John Charpie
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Chest pain, fatigue: The usual symptoms of pericarditis include sharp chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, and possibly exercise intolerance. If the process is acute, or sudden onset (often from an infectious etiology), you may also have signs of infection such as fever, headache, muscle aches/pains, etc.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How can you treat pericarditis?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 33 years experience
NSAIDS: Pericarditis is inflamation. Of the sack around the heart . Anti-inflamatories such as Motrin are helpful. Steroids are used in severe cases. Colchicine has been shown to help in some cases.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

How common is pericarditis?

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Dr. Rodolfo Farhy
Cardiology 36 years experience
Pericarditis: It is a common condition. It is sometimes difficult to diagnosed if it is mild. We often suspect but cannot confirm it is pericarditis. The confirmed cases are usually those more severe.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What are the effects of pericarditis?

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Dr. Rodolfo Farhy
Cardiology 36 years experience
Pericarditis: Most patients who suffere viral pericarditis have a limited disease that resolves in 2-3 weeks. Occasionally some patients have a more protracted course and with more severe symptoms. Some of these patiens go and develop chornic pericarditis with thickening of the prericardium and eventually symptoms of congestive heart failure.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What technology is used to treat pericarditis?

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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 23 years experience
Anti-inflammatories: We usually use anti-inflammatories such as Aspirin and steroids. For prevention of recurrence, Colchicine is used most effectively. There are multiple types of pericarditis and one has to know the type before the right treatment is given. No invasive measure per se is needed to treat the great majority of pericarditis types, constrictive pericarditis being the one exception.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Which inflammatory diseases cause pericarditis?

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Dr. Chong Kim
Dr. Chong Kim answered
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Many causes: Most common is viral pericarditis, but kidney failure, lupus, tuberculosis, some medications like Hydralazine and chemo drug bleomycin can cause pericarditis.

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