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Which layer of the heart is affected by pericarditis?

Which layer of the heart is affected by pericarditis?

Outer layer: The outer layer 'pericardium' is inflamed in pericarditis and can produce 'liquid' and cause pain by stimulating the nerves that supply it.

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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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Can pericarditis cause the heart sac to burst?

Can pericarditis cause the heart sac to burst?

No: The heart will collapse though if the inflammation will cause enough fluid accumulation over a short period of time.

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What's the treatment for pericarditis (inflamatory heart)?

What's the treatment for pericarditis (inflamatory heart)?

Anti-inflammatories: In the short term, anti-inflammatory medications such as indomethicin, prednisone, or even Aspirin may help. A search for a correctable cause is usually warranted. In some cases, fluid (if present) may be withdrawn from the pericardial sac for both diagnosis and relief of symptoms. It may be necessary to open or remove the pericardium in more severe cases.

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Is constrictive pericarditis always visiible on a heart echo?

Is constrictive pericarditis always visiible on a heart echo?

Difficult diagnosis: First a few definitions because this field is fraught with poor nomenclature: acute pericarditis is most often not diagnosed by echocardiography. Chronic pericarditis which can lead to constriction (also called constrictive pericarditis) can often be suspected on echo (something called ventricular interdependence). Cardiac mri, cardiac ct and cardiac catheterization can help confirm the diagnosis.

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What do heart failure and pericarditis have in common?

What do heart failure and pericarditis have in common?

Poor heart pumping: Pericarditis, by preventing the heart from moving properly, may result in worsening heart failure. This can be corrected by relieving fluid accumulation or, in some cases, by opening or removing the pericardium.

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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.

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Would my cardiologist have noticed pericarditis on my heart ultra sound ? I'm worried I may have that .

Doubtful: Not sure what worries about pericarditis, but it is a diagnosis usually made based on symptoms, exam (rub) and ECG. If you don't have typical symptoms, a rub and ECG findings, it is unlikely you have pericarditis.

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I have a history of pericarditis and every time i eat or drink something my heart rate goes up by about 30-40bpm hospital doesn't know whats wrong?

Get a second opinion: Pericarditis is a complex syndrome with many causes. If your local doctor does not have a solution then you should probably get a second opinion.

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What is the difference between restrictive cardiomyopathy and constrictive pericarditis of the heart disease?

What is the difference between restrictive cardiomyopathy and constrictive pericarditis of the heart disease?

Anatomy: Restriction and constriction both involve limitation to adequate filling of the heart when the heart is relaxing. In restriction, limitation is in the muscle of the heart. In construction, the limitation is in the pericardial sac which surrounds the heart.

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Was having sever chest pain today. I feared it was a heart attack. I figured it was costochondritis or returning pericarditis. What to do? 18 y/o

Was having sever chest pain today. I feared it was a heart attack. I figured it was costochondritis or returning pericarditis. What to do? 18 y/o

Definitely see a DR: This complaint requires a face to face visit to evaluate all aspects of your history and physical. As it turns out the best place to go is to an emergency room for history, physical, EKG and other tests if appropriate. Good luck.

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Was having severe chest pain today. I feared it was a heart attack. I figured it was costochondritis or returning pericarditis. What to do? 18 y/o

Was having severe chest pain today. I feared it was a heart attack. I figured it was costochondritis or returning pericarditis. What to do? 18 y/o

Seek Help: You are too young to have a heart attack although not knowing your complete history along with family history, I would recommend seeing a cardiologist regarding your concerns.

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Chronic pericarditis. Have worse pain and nausea after eating. Have read that this can be normal for pericarditis? Why, how does eating affect heart?

Chronic pericarditis. Have worse pain and nausea after eating. Have read that this can be normal for pericarditis? Why, how does eating affect heart?

Shared nerves: The eating is not likely to actually affect your heart. Pericarditis is an inflammation of the membrane or sac around the heart, rarely affecting the heart itself. In any event, there is a network of nerves known as the vagal trunk that provides nerve supply to the pericardium and also to the stomach and small intestine, so things that affect the digestive system may be felt in the chest.

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I had TB which got cured but my TB was close to heart and was recently diagnosed with pericarditis and doctor says surgery. Shld I have second opinion?

I had TB which got cured but my TB was close to heart and was recently diagnosed with pericarditis and doctor says surgery. Shld I have second opinion?

Always a good idea: Your are about to have a major surgery. The indication is not clear may have a tuberculoma or something getting a second opinion is wise

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Do viral infections cause a heart problem called pericarditis?

Do viral infections cause a heart problem called pericarditis?

Yes: There are some other causes as well. Bacterial tuberculosis renal failure heart and lung diseases not all viral attacks are followed by pericarditis, but some are.

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I am experiencing difficulty breathing, rapid heart rate. Haven't had caffeine in 4 months. Had acute pericarditis. ?

I am experiencing difficulty breathing, rapid heart rate. Haven't had caffeine in 4 months. Had acute pericarditis. ?

See doctor: You need to get a doctor to evaluate your symptoms. There are many potential causes given your history.