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Dr. Russell Merritt
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Cardiac Tamponade (Overview)

A condition in which a person has too much fluid in the sac that surrounds their heart. As the sac gets tighter and full of liquid, the heart has less room to expand, so the heart contains less and less blood to pump out, thus causing inadequate blood pressure and circulation.


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What is and what causes cardiac tamponade?

What is and what causes cardiac tamponade?

Fluid around heart: The pericardium is a "skin" surrounding the heart. It is usually empty, though can fill with fluid -from heart failure, autoimmune dz, cancer or infection- or blood from trauma. When the fluid builds up enough pressure to prevent the heart from expanding to fill with blood, tamponade results. This is life-threatening and requires immediate drainage to prevent cardiovascular collapse. ...Read more

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Dr. Russell Merritt
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Cardiac Tamponade (Overview)

A condition in which a person has too much fluid in the sac that surrounds their heart. As the sac gets tighter and full of liquid, the heart has less room to expand, so the heart contains less and less blood to pump out, thus causing inadequate blood pressure and circulation.


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What are the presenting symptoms of cardiac tamponade?

What are the presenting symptoms of cardiac tamponade?

Tamponade Symptoms: Cardiac tamponade is caused by fluid or blood collecting aroung the heart constricting the heart and not allowing it to fill correctly resulting in low blood pressure. Symptoms usually include shortness of breath, weakness, coming close to passing out, or passing out. Chest pain is not uncommon due to irritation of the lining of the heart. It gets better sitting up and worse lying down. ...Read more

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Can you tell me why cardiac tamponade is fatal unless treated immediately. would a pneumopericardium be the same efect?

Can you tell me why cardiac tamponade is fatal unless treated immediately. would a pneumopericardium be the same efect?

Tamponade: Tamponade results in cardiac compression that impedes cardiac filling and causes severely decreasing cardiac output. Pneumopericardium usually doesn't cause tamponade that seriously. ...Read more

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What is cardiac tamponade?

What is cardiac tamponade?

Tamponade: Cardiac tamponade relates to impaired diastolic filling as a consequence of pericardial-ventricular pressure interactions wherein increasing pericardial pressures due to pericardial effusion exert a negative effect on ventricular filling resulting a drop in cardiac output and bp. Discordant effects between the right and left ventricular diastolic filling during inspiration (pulsus paradoxus). ...Read more

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What is and what causes cardiac tamponade?

Fluid around heart: The pericardium is a "skin" surrounding the heart. It is usually empty, though can fill with fluid -from heart failure, autoimmune dz, cancer or infection- or blood from trauma. When the fluid builds up enough pressure to prevent the heart from expanding to fill with blood, tamponade results. This is life-threatening and requires immediate drainage to prevent cardiovascular collapse. ...Read more

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In what way is cardiac tamponade cholesistisis spread?

In what way is cardiac tamponade cholesistisis spread?

Confused: Cardiac tamponade is a condition in which the non-elastic pericardial sac surrounding the heart fills with fluid which interferes with cardiac filling. Cholecystitis is acute inflammation of the gall bladder. The 2 conditions are unrelated and neither one "spreads". I'm sorry, i'm not sure what you're asking. ...Read more

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What are the presenting symptoms of cardiac tamponade?

Tamponade Symptoms: Cardiac tamponade is caused by fluid or blood collecting aroung the heart constricting the heart and not allowing it to fill correctly resulting in low blood pressure. Symptoms usually include shortness of breath, weakness, coming close to passing out, or passing out. Chest pain is not uncommon due to irritation of the lining of the heart. It gets better sitting up and worse lying down. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Cardiac tamponade?

What is the definition or description of: Cardiac tamponade?

Cardiac Tamponade: Cardiac tamponade is the condition of fluid accumulation in the pericardium causing compression of the heart, impairing normal heart function/blood pressure. Cardiac tamponade is a medical emergency and needs to be treated, either with pericardiocentesis or with a pericardial window. ...Read more

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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes cardiac tamponade?

Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes cardiac tamponade?

Cardiac tamponade: Read this: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000194.Htm.

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is cardiac tamponade cholesistisis?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is cardiac tamponade cholesistisis?

Two diagnoses: Two different diagnoses. Cardiac tamponade occurs when fluid build up around the heart causes problems with the heart filling, which can be a life threatening condition. Cholecystitis is inflammation of the gallbladder. ...Read more

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How can pericarditis lead to a cardiac tamponade?

Fluid accumulation: Serous or bloody fluid accumulates in response to the irritation -itis! it only takes a small amount to fill the pericardial sac and compress the heart-tamponade. ...Read more

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Can planting a permenant pacemaker cause cardiac tamponade?

Yes: If a pacemaker lead perforated the right atrial or ventricular wall....If suspected echocardiogram should be ordered immediately. ...Read more

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Can you tell me why cardiac tamponade is fatal unless treated immediately. would a pneumopericardium be the same efect?

Tamponade: Tamponade results in cardiac compression that impedes cardiac filling and causes severely decreasing cardiac output. Pneumopericardium usually doesn't cause tamponade that seriously. ...Read more

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How long do you have to get fluid drained when you go into cardiac tamponade? I have mod-lg peri effusion inferior to lv & rv. Dr. wants to watch.

How long do you have to get fluid drained when you go into cardiac tamponade? I have mod-lg peri effusion inferior to lv & rv. Dr. wants to watch.

Effusion: Many pericardial effusions are chronic. Tamponade is unusual with a chronic effusion. The acuity of tamponade depends on the cause and rate of accumulation. ...Read more

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Why do people with cardiac tamponade get very short of breath?

Compresses heart: The fluid around the heart compresses the heart so that it cannot fill properly. Therefore, the output of blood decreases so that less blood is pumped to the lungs and less to the resto fo the body. Thre is just not enough space ofr the heart to function normally and that will make you short of breath. Also, whatever caused the effusion may also affect the lungs, such as lung cancer. ...Read more

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How common is a serous complication such as a DVT/PE, cardiac tamponade or death from an EP study for evaluation of NSVT??

How common is a serous complication such as a DVT/PE, cardiac tamponade or death from an EP study for evaluation of NSVT??

Do you drive?: Nothing is 100% safe, however, EP studies are safe, probably safer than driving a car. You may visit this site for more information. https://www.ucsfhealth.org/education/electrophysiology_study_and_catheter_ablation/index.html ...Read more

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40 y/o male. Dull ache with pressure pain in upper chest 8 weeks after cardiac tamponade surgery after atrial lead replacement. What is this pain?

40 y/o male.  Dull ache with pressure pain in upper chest 8 weeks after cardiac tamponade surgery after atrial lead replacement.  What is this pain?

Cause unclear: Why did you have cardiac tamponade? What was done to relive it? (drain, window, or stripping?) why did you get a pacemaker? Where is the pulse generator? Is the pain worse with deep breath or cough? Is the area of pain tender to touch? Do you have fever? Do you have an underlying collagen vascular disease that lead to tamponade? So many questions. You should follow up with your doctor and surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more