A 55-year-old female asked:
why does mild pericarditis cause increased heart rate (86-98) at rest and breathlessness? i am taking ibuprofen and colchicine?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Marsha Davis answered
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Simply put : The heart is inflamed, and usually a small amount of fluid around the heart. The heart has to work. Bit harder to push the same amount of blood throughout your body. To do this task it beats a bit faster.
Answered on Feb 25, 2018
Dr. Richard Humes answered
41 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
Pump restriction?: 'mild' pericarditis, controlled for the moment with anti inflammatory meds such as you are on, shouldn't cause many symptoms. I would see your doctor/cardiologist and have this rechecked. A lot of the answer depends upon what is defined as 'mild', how recent the problem began and a few other things that testing with an echocardiogram might answer.
Answered on Mar 27, 2015
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