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What is pericarditis?

Pericarditis: Pericarditis is inflammation of the tissue covering of the heart. It is commonly caused by viruses and sometimes other infections or inflammatory diseases. There are other causes also. The viral form generally goes away itself but can recur. Other forms may need special treatment like drainage of the pericardial sac to remove fluid if it interferes with heart function. ...Read more

Dr. J. patrick Tokarz
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Pericarditis (Definition)

A condition in which you experience an inflammation of the pericardium, two thin layers of a sac-like tissue that surrounds the heart, holds it in place ...Read more


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Pericarditis is what?

Pericarditis is what?

Inflammation: Inflammation of lining of heart secondary to multitude of causes. ...Read more

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Is pericarditis painful?

Is pericarditis painful?

Yes: Pericarditis is infammation of the tissue surrounding the heart. Pain is one of the primary symptoms occuring in more 90% of cases. The quality and severity of the pain often varies with the underlying cause. In addition, the pain is often improved with sitting up and leaning forward. As with any case of chest pain, a full medical evaluation is warrented are prolongend, recurrant or persistant. ...Read more

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What causes pericarditis?

Pericarditis: Pericarditis is inflammation of the tissue covering of the heart. It is commonly caused by viruses and sometimes other infections or inflammatory diseases. There are other causes also. The viral form generally goes away itself but can recur. Other forms may need special treatment like drainage of the pericardial sac to remove fluid if it interferes with heart function. ...Read more

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Is pericarditis inherited?

Is pericarditis inherited?

No: There are many causes of pericarditis, usually infectious or immunologic in origin, with therapy dictated by the underlying cause. But it is not thought to be a heritable condition. ...Read more

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How common is pericarditis?

Not terribly common: Pericarditis is frequently caused by a virus. Sometimes it is the result of trauma or a heart attack. It can be very painful. It is often treated with antiinflammatory drugs. ...Read more

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What can cause pericarditis?

Pericarditis: Long list of causes but I will limit to:
most common: viral, metabolic (kidney disease - uremic), after myocardial infarction or open heart surgery.
Less common: bacterial infection, tuberculosis etc... ...Read more

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Is pericarditis communicable?

Is pericarditis communicable?

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. ...Read more

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Who knows about pericarditis?

I do: The sac-like covering around the heart (pericardium) becomes inflamed in pericarditis.
Pericarditis can be associated with diseases such as:
autoimmune disorders
cancer (including leukemia)
HIV infection and aids
hypothyroidism
kidney failure
rheumatic fever
tuberculosis. ...Read more

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How can you treat pericarditis?

How can you treat pericarditis?

NSAIDS: Pericarditis is inflamation. Of the sack around the heart. Anti-inflamatories such as Motrin are helpful. Steroids are used in severe cases. Colchicine has been shown to help in some cases. ...Read more

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How long does pericarditis last?

Pericarditis: It varies with the cause and how quickly the patient responds to treatment. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of pericarditis?

What are symptoms of pericarditis?

Irritation: The heart (cardium) exists in a sac (like a zip lock bag) called the pericardium.
Irritation from viral or bacterial or TB infection, heart attack, rheumatic and other disease can cause irritation and pain of pericarditis.
Hear a rub, may feel a rubbing sensation.
Pain sometimes relieved by leaning forward.
Must be very uncomfortable
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Why is having pericarditis painful?

Nerves: The pericardium is inflamed when there is pericarditis. There are nerves that connect to the pericardium. So just as you might get pain in an inflamed joint, the inflammation of the pericaridum causes pain. Medications that help such joint pain are also useful for the pain of pericarditis. ...Read more

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Is weed grit a cause of pericarditis?

Pericaditis: I do not think weed grit causes pericarditis. ...Read more

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What are the effects of pericarditis?

Pericarditis: Most patients who suffere viral pericarditis have a limited disease that resolves in 2-3 weeks. Occasionally some patients have a more protracted course and with more severe symptoms. Some of these patiens go and develop chornic pericarditis with thickening of the prericardium and eventually symptoms of congestive heart failure. ...Read more

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What are the core symptoms of pericarditis?

Chest pain, fatigue: The usual symptoms of pericarditis include sharp chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, and possibly exercise intolerance. If the process is acute, or sudden onset (often from an infectious etiology), you may also have signs of infection such as fever, headache, muscle aches/pains, etc. ...Read more

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Do people recover easily from pericarditis?

Depends on cause: If mild and responsive to indomethacin, can recover after a few days. .. ...Read more

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What are the signs of pericarditis relapse?

What are the signs of pericarditis relapse?

Same symptoms: Relapses are hard to diagnose. Generally, if a condition relapses, you will feel the same symptoms as you had the first time. With pericarditis though, you can get a late constriction where you may feel swelling and abdominal pain. ...Read more

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What technology is used to treat pericarditis?

What technology is used to treat pericarditis?

Usually drugs: Anti-inflammatory medications are the first line treatment - Ibuprofen and others, Colchicine and steroids may be needed. Rarely fluid may need to be drained with a pericardiocentesis. Surgery is rarely needed - a pericardial window or pericardiectomy if the heart is constricted by scarring. ...Read more