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Can pericarditis cause the heart sac to burst?

Can pericarditis cause the heart sac to burst?

No: The heart will collapse though if the inflammation will cause enough fluid accumulation over a short period of time. ...Read more

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Do viral infections cause a heart problem called pericarditis?

Do viral infections cause a heart problem called pericarditis?

Yes: There are some other causes as well. Bacterial tuberculosis renal failure heart and lung diseases not all viral attacks are followed by pericarditis, but some are. ...Read more

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Why does mild pericarditis cause increased heart rate (86-98) at rest and breathlessness? I am taking ibuprofen and colchicine?

Why does mild pericarditis cause increased heart rate (86-98) at rest and breathlessness?  I am taking ibuprofen and colchicine?

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. ...Read more

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What do heart failure and pericarditis have in common?

What do heart failure and pericarditis have in common?

Poor heart pumping: Pericarditis, by preventing the heart from moving properly, may result in worsening heart failure. This can be corrected by relieving fluid accumulation or, in some cases, by opening or removing the pericardium. ...Read more

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Is constrictive pericarditis always visiible on a heart echo?

Is constrictive pericarditis always visiible on a heart echo?

Difficult diagnosis: First a few definitions because this field is fraught with poor nomenclature: acute pericarditis is most often not diagnosed by echocardiography. Chronic pericarditis which can lead to constriction (also called constrictive pericarditis) can often be suspected on echo (something called ventricular interdependence). Cardiac mri, cardiac ct and cardiac catheterization can help confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Which layer of the heart is affected by pericarditis?

Which layer of the heart is affected by pericarditis?

Outer layer: The outer layer 'pericardium' is inflamed in pericarditis and can produce 'liquid' and cause pain by stimulating the nerves that supply it. ...Read more

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What's the treatment for pericarditis (inflamatory heart)?

What's the treatment for pericarditis (inflamatory heart)?

Anti-inflammatories: In the short term, anti-inflammatory medications such as indomethicin, prednisone, or even Aspirin may help. A search for a correctable cause is usually warranted. In some cases, fluid (if present) may be withdrawn from the pericardial sac for both diagnosis and relief of symptoms. It may be necessary to open or remove the pericardium in more severe cases. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the symptoms of pericarditis (that develops rapidly over the course of an hour) and a heart attack?

What is the difference between the symptoms of pericarditis (that develops rapidly over the course of an hour) and a heart attack?

Different: Pericarditis is worse with deep breath/cough. It hurts to shake your chest like the slap of your foot on the pavement when walking. It's worse lying on your back & better sitting forward. Heart attack can mimic this because some heart attacks have associated pericarditis, but in general, they feel different: heart attack usually is a squeezing, tight central feeling without change for hours. ...Read more

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