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Dr. John Michalski
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Pericardial Effusion (Definition)

Pericardial effusion is also known as Blood around the heart. An effusion is a fluid collection around the heart. The heart sits in a sac called the pericardium. Fluid can accumulate in this sac for various reasons (infection, inflammatory processes - sle, kidney disease, cancer).

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What is the definition or description of: pericardial effusion?

What is the definition or description of: pericardial effusion?

Definition: An effusion is a fluid collection around the heart. The heart sits in a sac called the pericardium. Fluid can accumulate in this sac for various reasons (infection, inflammatory processes - sle, kidney disease, cancer). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of worsening pericardial effusion, which was previously small?

Shortness of breath: Why are you having pericardial effusion to start with -- being so young? Was it infection? Or connective tissue disease? ...Read more

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Dealing with Blood in Stool (Tip)

Dealing with Blood in Stool

Blood in stool is not a joke. It can come from the stomach to anus. Needs serious direct examination. ...See more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Get a pedometer and walk at least 10,000 steps daily
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Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
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Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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Help please! could dental work cause pericardial effusion?

Help please! could dental work cause pericardial effusion?

No: Dental treatment does not cause excess fluid to collect around the heart. Viruses are the main cause including hiv. Other causes include heart attack, kidney failure, cancer..Please see your md if you have symptoms like shortness of breath, clammy skin, nausea or chest pain. ...Read more

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Dealing with Blood in Stool (Tip)

Dealing with Blood in Stool

Don't ignore blood in stool—whether visible or occult. It's a warning sign that warrants attention. ...See more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Avoid saturated fats
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Maintain a normal weight and BMI
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Don't smoke
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Walk 1-2 miles
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What can I do to treat a reoccurring pericardial effusion?

No effective treatme: Chronic recurrent pericarditis is difficult to treat. In addition to the non steroidal medicines such as Ibuprofen during the acute exacerbation , Colchicine taken daily is often recommended to reduce the frequency of attacks. ...Read more

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Blood Around The Heart (Definition)

Blood around the heart (hemopericardium) describes the condition where blood accumulates in the sac surrounding the heart. This can be caused by injury to vessels around the heart, damage to the heart wall itself, or by cancers involving the ...Read more

Effusion (Definition)

Increased joint fluid or ...Read more

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