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Is pericarditis communicable?

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Dr. David Greenfield
Thoracic Surgery 38 years experience
Generally not: Usually pericarditis is an inflammatory condition that occurs after heart attack or heart surgery. It can also occur with certain inflammatory or auto-immune conditions such as lupus and certain types of arthritis. Infection (which is theoretically contagious) is a less common cause and does not usually spread to other people in most circumstances.

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What is pericarditis?

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Inflamation: Inflamation of the membranes of the sac that encloses the heart and part of the major heart vessels. The sac is called the pericardium or sac around the cardium or heart.

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