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Doctor insights on: What Is The Risk Of Having A Lot Of Fluids Around Your Heart

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What is the risk of having a lot of fluids around your heart?

What is the risk of having a lot of fluids around your heart?

Potentially serious: If the fluid is in the (intact) sac surrounding the heart, the buildup can cause a pressure driven cut off to blood trying to get back to the heart (tamponade) and cause cardiovascular collapse and death. This can be alleviated by intervention (needle aspiration or open pericardiectomy or window), but the underlying cause dictates the eventual prognosis. Physical exam & echocardiography critical. ...Read more

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Can lysol and irratants like that cause fluid in the lungs if sprayed a lot around person with heart problems?

Can lysol and irratants like that cause fluid in the lungs if sprayed a lot around person with heart problems?

Possible, unlikely: It's possible if you inhale a really large concentrated amount or are especially sensitive, but millions of people are exposed to Lysol daily over decades and they're not dropping like flies. ...Read more

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Small pericardial effusion 25 years last echo 5 yrs never any changes unknown etiology no affect on heart how likely tomorrow echo fluid change a lot?

Small pericardial effusion 25 years last echo 5 yrs never any changes unknown etiology no affect on heart how likely tomorrow echo  fluid change a lot?

Pericardial effusion: Having an unchanged effusion for 25 years, if it was going to be change why did't happen in all these years, so the possibility of drastic change is minimal. If at all happen it may be because of some other reason. ...Read more

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I have fluid around my heart, and a leaking valve, but my veins are clear, i had a heart cath to prove it. Am i still at risk for a heart attack?

I have fluid around my heart, and a leaking valve, but my veins are clear, i had a heart cath to prove it. Am i still at risk for a heart attack?

Fluid around heart: If the arteries that give blood to the heart are clear, then your risk of heart attack is markedly reduced. However, a leaky valve with fluid around the heart suggests the possiblity of decreased function of the heart and heart failure which can be progressive and even more lethal. ...Read more

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Trivial amount of fluid around heart -causes?

Trivial amount of fluid around heart -causes?

Probably normal: The heart lies with in the pericaridal sac. This is bag formed by a fairly strong membranous tissue. There is always a small amount of fluid in the pericardium probably for lubrication. It's called pericarial fluid. This is normal. Sometimes the fluid level can increase this is called a pericaridal effusion. This can be caused by infection, heart failure, kidney disease, and trauma. ...Read more

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Small amount of extra fluid around my heart. Get it checked every 6 months. Too little for biopsy. Shoul I be concerned?

Small amount of extra fluid around my heart. Get it checked every 6 months. Too little for biopsy. Shoul I be concerned?

How do you FEEL?: As an old-time pathologist, I've seen this often and it never seems to mean anything. You need a few mL of this fluid which seems to accumulate in various quantities in various individuals. If you feel okay, relax and be thankful. ...Read more

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How bad is fluid around the heart (er worthy)?

How bad is fluid around the heart (er worthy)?

Pericardial fluid: If pericardial fluid isn't causing hemodynamic abnormalities it isn't emergent. If there are any symptoms such as weakness or shortness of breath present, then an er trip is appropriate. ...Read more