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Why do people with cardiac tamponade get very short of breath?

Why do people with cardiac tamponade get very short of breath?

Compresses heart: The fluid around the heart compresses the heart so that it cannot fill properly. Therefore, the output of blood decreases so that less blood is pumped to the lungs and less to the resto fo the body. Thre is just not enough space ofr the heart to function normally and that will make you short of breath. Also, whatever caused the effusion may also affect the lungs, such as lung cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Russell Merritt
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Cardiac Tamponade (Definition)

A condition in which a person has too much fluid in the sac that surrounds their heart. As the sac gets tighter and full of liquid, the heart has less room to expand, so the heart contains less and less blood to pump out, thus causing inadequate ...Read more


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Distant and weak pulse with headaches and full deep seperate breaths. Been for almost 8 months and feels like it's getting worse everyday. Feels like cardiac tamponade symptoms. Got s nuclear stress and a holter ekg?

Distant and weak pulse with headaches and full deep seperate breaths. Been for almost 8 months and feels like it's getting worse everyday. Feels like cardiac tamponade symptoms. Got s nuclear stress and a holter ekg?

Need eval: Given the nonspecific symptoms, differential diagnosis is wide. It appears you're concerned enough that tamponade is crossing your mind! As 8 months have passed, I suspect less acute conditions unless there has been recent progression or change. I strongly recommend physical exam and initial work up might be needed. ...Read more

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How long do you have to get fluid drained when you go into cardiac tamponade? I have mod-lg peri effusion inferior to lv & rv. Dr. wants to watch.

How long do you have to get fluid drained when you go into cardiac tamponade? I have mod-lg peri effusion inferior to lv & rv. Dr. wants to watch.

Effusion: Many pericardial effusions are chronic. Tamponade is unusual with a chronic effusion. The acuity of tamponade depends on the cause and rate of accumulation. ...Read more

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Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes cardiac tamponade?

Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes cardiac tamponade?

Cardiac tamponade: Read this:

http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000194.Htm.

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is cardiac tamponade cholesistisis?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is cardiac tamponade cholesistisis?

Two diagnoses: Two different diagnoses. Cardiac tamponade occurs when fluid build up around the heart causes problems with the heart filling, which can be a life threatening condition. Cholecystitis is inflammation of the gallbladder. ...Read more

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What is cardiac tamponade?

What is cardiac tamponade?

Tamponade: Cardiac tamponade relates to impaired diastolic filling as a consequence of pericardial-ventricular pressure interactions wherein increasing pericardial pressures due to pericardial effusion exert a negative effect on ventricular filling resulting a drop in cardiac output and bp. Discordant effects between the right and left ventricular diastolic filling during inspiration (pulsus paradoxus). ...Read more

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What is and what causes cardiac tamponade?

What is and what causes cardiac tamponade?

Fluid around heart: The pericardium is a "skin" surrounding the heart. It is usually empty, though can fill with fluid -from heart failure, autoimmune dz, cancer or infection- or blood from trauma. When the fluid builds up enough pressure to prevent the heart from expanding to fill with blood, tamponade results. This is life-threatening and requires immediate drainage to prevent cardiovascular collapse. ...Read more

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In what way is cardiac tamponade cholesistisis spread?

Confused: Cardiac tamponade is a condition in which the non-elastic pericardial sac surrounding the heart fills with fluid which interferes with cardiac filling. Cholecystitis is acute inflammation of the gall bladder. The 2 conditions are unrelated and neither one "spreads". I'm sorry, I'm not sure what you're asking. ...Read more

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What are the presenting symptoms of cardiac tamponade?

What are the presenting symptoms of cardiac tamponade?

Tamponade Symptoms: Cardiac tamponade is caused by fluid or blood collecting aroung the heart constricting the heart and not allowing it to fill correctly resulting in low blood pressure. Symptoms usually include shortness of breath, weakness, coming close to passing out, or passing out. Chest pain is not uncommon due to irritation of the lining of the heart. It gets better sitting up and worse lying down. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Cardiac tamponade?

What is the definition or description of: Cardiac tamponade?

Cardiac Tamponade: Cardiac tamponade is the condition of fluid accumulation in the pericardium causing compression of the heart, impairing normal heart function/blood pressure. Cardiac tamponade is a medical emergency and needs to be treated, either with pericardiocentesis or with a pericardial window. ...Read more

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How can pericarditis lead to a cardiac tamponade?

Fluid accumulation: Serous or bloody fluid accumulates in response to the irritation -itis!
it only takes a small amount to fill the pericardial sac and compress the heart-tamponade. ...Read more

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Can planting a permenant pacemaker cause cardiac tamponade?

Yes: If a pacemaker lead perforated the right atrial or ventricular wall....If suspected echocardiogram should be ordered immediately. ...Read more

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Can you tell me why cardiac tamponade is fatal unless treated immediately. Would a pneumopericardium be the same efect?

Can you tell me why cardiac tamponade is fatal unless treated immediately. Would a pneumopericardium be the same efect?

Tamponade: Tamponade results in cardiac compression that impedes cardiac filling and causes severely decreasing cardiac output. Pneumopericardium usually doesn't cause tamponade that seriously. ...Read more

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How common is a serous complication such as a DVT/PE, cardiac tamponade or death from an EP study for evaluation of NSVT??

How common is a serous complication such as a DVT/PE, cardiac tamponade or death from an EP study for evaluation of NSVT??

Do you drive?: Nothing is 100% safe, however, EP studies are safe, probably safer than driving a car. You may visit this site for more information.
https://www. Ucsfhealth. Org/education/electrophysiology_study_and_catheter_ablation/index. Html ...Read more

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40 y/o male. Dull ache with pressure pain in upper chest 8 weeks after cardiac tamponade surgery after atrial lead replacement. What is this pain?

40 y/o male. Dull ache with pressure pain in upper chest 8 weeks after cardiac tamponade surgery after atrial lead replacement. What is this pain?

Cause unclear: Why did you have cardiac tamponade? What was done to relive it? (drain, window, or stripping?) why did you get a pacemaker? Where is the pulse generator? Is the pain worse with deep breath or cough? Is the area of pain tender to touch? Do you have fever? Do you have an underlying collagen vascular disease that lead to tamponade? So many questions. You should follow up with your doctor and surgeon. ...Read more

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40 y/o male. Dull ache with pressure pain in upper chest 8 weeks after cardiac tamponade surgery after atrial lead replacement. What is this pain?

40 y/o male. Dull ache with pressure pain in upper chest 8 weeks after cardiac tamponade surgery after atrial lead replacement. What is this pain?

Multiple: You have a pacemaker in your upper chest wall. The surgery for treating a cardiac tamponade is generally a limited thoracotomy, but can still cause chest wall discomfort. You should talk to your surgeon if you have any concerns. ...Read more

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Congestive heart failure I was diagnosed with CHF and a 80 percent block of the right coronary artery my ejection fraction is up to 55-60 from 25-30 I still get tired and short of breath not getting answers from my doctor could that be from the block any

Congestive heart failure I was diagnosed with CHF and a 80 percent block of the right coronary artery my ejection fraction is up to 55-60 from 25-30 I still get tired and short of breath not getting answers from my doctor could that be from the block any

That: That is great news that your ejection fraction (ef) has improved that much, as that is directly correlated with your overall long term prognosis. You clearly are still symptomatic though. If you find that your shortness of breath continues, it is certainly possible that the stenosis in your right coronary artery is the culprit, although without knowing more information it is hard to say definitively. My best advice to you is to find a physician that will answer your questions and communicate with you so that you may understand your care. Heart disease is complex and involves the interplay of many factors, and an excellent relationship with your cardiologist can be the most important one. ...Read more

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Quick chest pains (1 second) w/PVCs dangerous/indicate cardiac problem? Had several episodes during 1 hours of tennis. Never short of breath though.

Not likely.: Very brief pains as you describe are not often associated with heart disease or with palpitations. Palpitations in turn are not likely to be the presenting sign of serious heart disease. Heart disease is not common in 40 yo men especially those who can play tennis for an hour. ...Read more

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Feel very short of breath and like something is stuck left side of chest. Had cardiac work up and chest xray all normal. GP and ER sent me home.

Feel very short of breath and like something is stuck left side of chest. Had cardiac work up and chest xray all normal. GP and ER sent me home.

Mgt: Your symptoms may be related to musculo-skeletal pain or asthma, but very often in your age group no cause can be identified. If you have symptoms for more than 3-4 weeks, then a pulmonary test can be obtained. ...Read more

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I don't have racing heart or hyperventilation during my panic attacks. Only uncomfy chest, pvcs, dizzy & short of breath. Cardiac r/o. Possible?

I don't have racing heart or hyperventilation during my panic attacks. Only uncomfy chest, pvcs, dizzy & short of breath. Cardiac r/o. Possible?

Panic can be unique: First, I hope an actual medical condition has been ruled out through history/testing/labs. Second, your symptoms sure sound like panic attacks so consider using Klonopin instead of xanax which will be harder to stop. Paxil (paroxetine) works best when combined with therapy like cbt to help you feel less anxious. ...Read more

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All day felt bloated and short of breath. PCP says no heart. This happened 8 mos ago when I had similar nasal congestion. ANXIETY? Gas? Cardiac? Please help

All day felt bloated and short of breath. PCP says no heart. This happened 8 mos ago when I had similar nasal congestion. ANXIETY? Gas? Cardiac? Please help

Seek medical workup.: Many different things cause shortness of breath and bloating. Common causes include your Nasal congestion for shortness of breath which could benefit from otc antihistaminics like Zyrtec. Did your pcp say no heart? Did he work you up? Heart=cardiac. In any case see your doctor. ...Read more

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Classic cardiac symtoms. Fatigue, nausea, chest, back, jaw, arm pain, short of breath. Yet all previous heart tests are fine, should I push for angio?

Classic cardiac symtoms. Fatigue, nausea, chest, back, jaw, arm pain, short of breath. Yet all previous heart tests are fine, should I push for angio?

U R young follow.. .: ....The advice of ur cardiologist. Don't push 4 it, he has many years of training ; experience ; ur best source 2 this question. Angiography is not without complications, b careful of what u wish (push) 4. ...Read more

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I have had burning pain in back, and left arm pain, short of breath with light activily went to ER this morning heart xray and lab good doc said heart is fine but I still think it is cardiac related?

See cardiologist: Agree with you. Your symptoms sound cardiac I suggest you make an appointment with a cardiologist soon. In the main time take an asprin 81 mg. Limit your activities. ...Read more

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Can a 450 lb man with sob after walking 20 ft be having symptoms of coronary artery occlusion? He becomes sweating profusely and very short of breath

Can a 450 lb man with sob after walking 20 ft be having symptoms of coronary artery occlusion? He becomes sweating profusely and very short of breath

Definitely: Symptoms of coronary ischemia (poor blood flow to heart) can be quite variable. Many people do not have the classic symptoms of squeezing chest pressure shortness of breath etc. Some people have just shortness of breath or belly pain or no symptoms at all. A 450 pound man is certainly at risk. Get to a doctor asap. ...Read more

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Could shortness of breath lead to sudden cardiac death?

Effect, not cause: Shortness of breath is a symptom. It can be caused by alot of different things. Some of those things could cause sudden cardiac death. For example, a heart attack can present as shortness of breath and lead to sudden death. A pulmonary embolism can cause sob and lead to death. But also remember, alot of benign things can cause sob. Needs to be properly evaluated. ...Read more

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What is the relationship between cardiac ischemia and shortness of breath?

What is the relationship between cardiac ischemia and shortness of breath?

Symptoms: Cardiac ischemia (lack of enough blood supply to a part of the heart muscle) can manifest as shorteness of breath (second most common symptom after chest pain). ...Read more

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