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What is the best treatment for a mild case of constrictive pericarditis?

What is the best treatment for a mild case of constrictive pericarditis?

Depends: Constrictive pericarditis is a thickening of the pericardial lining of the heart. It can cause reduced filling of the heart and lead to heart failure in severe cases, along with decreased blood flow out of the heart to the rest of the body. In "mild" cases, cautious use of diuretics and medicines to lower the pressure inside the heart can successfully avoid heart failure. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Sahn
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Constrictive Pericarditis (Definition)

Constrictive pericarditis is a condition where there is inflammation of the pericardium, the fibrous sheath (outer covering) around the heart. This inflammation makes the pericardium more stiff and constricts the ...Read more


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What can help for the treatment of constrictive pericarditis?

Usually only surgery: Constrictive pericarditis is a condition where the pericardium, the thin layer of tissue enveloping the outside of the heart, becomes thick and inflexible, preventing the heart from expanding outward to fill with blood. Generally the only treatment is complete surgical resection of pericardium. Rarely, if early enough in the process, high dose anti-inflammatory meds can reverse the process. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose constrictive pericarditis?

How do you diagnose constrictive pericarditis?

Echo or Cath: History, swelling and venous congestion of head, neck liver, etc. Study by echo may suggest cardiac cath and pressure measurements confirm. ...Read more

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What is constrictive pericarditis? Why is it such a big deal?

Limited treatment: Constrictive pericarditis describes a situation in which the sac around the heart has gotten very stiff - usually as a result of prior inflammation from either infection or maybe open heart surgery - and as a result does not allow the heart muscle to expand whenever it needs to in order to accept more blood returning from the body or the lung. Surgery is the only effective treatment once symptoms. ...Read more

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What foods should I stay away from with constrictive pericarditis?

What foods should I stay away from with constrictive pericarditis?

Salt: No real food restriction, but less salt may be helpful, it does not precipitate chf. ...Read more

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What causes a big liver in constrictive pericarditis?

Constrictive pericar: Causes a decrease of inflow of blood into the right atrium and right ventricle so blood backs up into the liver. ...Read more

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