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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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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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What are the core symptoms of pericarditis?

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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What is pericarditis and what are the symptoms?

What is pericarditis and what are the symptoms?

Chest pain: Pericarditis is inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart. The causes are multiple, including viral, bacterial, post heart attack, etc. The principal symptom is chest pain, which can change with position. Treatment is to clear the underlying problem and control the inflammation. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of pericarditis?

What are the most common symptoms of pericarditis?

Chest pain: Pericarditis is inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart. When this occurs, the typical symptom is chest pain, which can change with change in position. It can also change with breathing or exertion. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed and treated of pericarditis for about 5 years now but still symptoms keep reoccurring severely. I need help. Am just 32yr old.

I have been diagnosed and treated of pericarditis for about 5 years now but still symptoms keep reoccurring severely. I need help. Am just 32yr old.

Colchicine/NSAIDs: Recurrent and relapsing pericarditis can be a rare complication of initial viral pericarditis or a by-product f uto immune connective tissue disease. When it recurs over years imaging (such as a ct/echo) might show signs of developing calcification that can one day lead to constrictive pericarditis. Steroid use wary in pericarditis trt can predispose to later relapses. Colchicine/nsaid's help. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of constrictive pericarditis?

What are the symptoms of constrictive pericarditis?

Varies: Can range from mild shortness of breathe with exertion to flash pulmonay edema and florid heart failure. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pericardial tuberculosis (tuberculous pericarditis)?

What are the symptoms of pericardial tuberculosis (tuberculous pericarditis)?

Rare: Tb is fortunately become more rare in this country but you should see your physician for a PPD test if you think you have been exposed. Tb can cause constriction of the pericardium which results in edema and shortness if breath. ...Read more

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What does it mean that my symptoms are suggestive of acute pericarditis? Is it really dangerous and should need a serious treatment or what?!

What does it mean that my symptoms are suggestive of acute pericarditis? Is it really dangerous and should need a serious treatment or what?!

Yes: The pericardium is the protective outer sac around the heart. Inflammation of this is called "pericarditis" and it can be caused by many different things both infectious and other. Depending on the cause it can be extremely dangerous. ...Read more

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Hi. I'm a fairly healthy 31 year old female. I was told by a ER doc I have pericarditis and I was wondering if there is any activites I shouldn't do?

Hi. I'm a fairly healthy 31 year old female. I was told by a ER doc I have pericarditis and I was wondering if there is any activites I shouldn't do?

Maybe: But you should find the source of the pericarditis and be treated to resolve and then be more active!
cardiology appointment soon! Like today! ...Read more

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Is ascites precox an exclusive symptom of constrictive pericarditis?

Is ascites precox an exclusive symptom of constrictive pericarditis?

Yes: The term ascites praecox does refer specifically to ascites (fluid in abdominal cavity) secondary to constrictive pericaritis. It may occur prior to the development of leg edema. ...Read more

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Trouble with breathing. I have very weird exhaling breathing sounds and trouble exhaling I am not sure what to do I am 21 years old, a female that is in the healthy weight range. I was diagnosed with pericarditis twice before.

Trouble with breathing. I have very weird exhaling breathing sounds and trouble exhaling I am not sure what to do I am 21 years old, a female that is in the healthy weight range. I was diagnosed with pericarditis twice before.

Bronchial asthma: Can have similar clinical picture. If you don't smoke, asthma is most likely. Also look for common allergens around the house. Try anti allergy medications and see a pulmonary physician. ...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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Is pericarditis seen on CTA? Also can pericarditis be caused by dental abscess? And if so, how long after dental abscess would symptoms occur?

Is pericarditis seen on CTA? Also can pericarditis be caused by dental abscess? And if so, how long after dental abscess would symptoms occur?

Pericarditis: Pericarditis can be seen on CT scan imaging - actually just yesterday I saw a case. It depends to a large degree on the duration of symptoms, plus the organism involved (germ) and other factors. A dental abscess could pre-dispose to this because of possible bacteremia -or circulation of germs after a nasty infection. The length of time could be anywhere from a few days to weeks before onset. ...Read more

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How can you differentiate pericarditis symptoms from just severe heartburn? Bad chest pain left side, worse when laying down and breathing in.

Cardiologist: I would recommend for you to go to a cardiologist. He will probably get an EKG and depending on its findings recommend particular managements. Interestingly enough the treatment for pericarditis would worsen gastritis since it is basically NSAIDS.

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Sle patient. Diangosis with pleurisy and pericarditis. Very high CRP and sed rate but is now normal. If inflammation is norm why am I still having symptoms?

Recovery time: The CRP and ESR are just general markers for inflammation and may not reflect local inflammation. In addition, even if the inflammation has stopped, the damaged tissue needs time to heal. ...Read more

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For 5 yrs I have been taken ibuprofen, prednisone, colchicine etc for pericarditis. There is no more effusion, echo&ekg r now normal but symptoms relapses?

For 5 yrs I have been taken ibuprofen, prednisone, colchicine etc for pericarditis. There is no more effusion, echo&ekg r now normal but symptoms relapses?

Pericarditis: Discuss with your doctor. Pericarditis can be relapsing and problematic. We need to seek to find an underlying inflammatory process if it is happening. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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