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Had a pericardiectomy 4 years ago - BP now lowish (105/65) - likely any direct connection?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
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In brief: the pericardium is

Usually a thin membrane, with a potential space between it and the epicardial surface.
If it tightens due to infection or tumor infiltration, it constricts the expansion of heart chambers. Stripping it off is not easy. You may still have or re-acquired constrictive pericarditis. See your cardiologist, start with an exam, then and echo.

In brief: the pericardium is

Usually a thin membrane, with a potential space between it and the epicardial surface.
If it tightens due to infection or tumor infiltration, it constricts the expansion of heart chambers. Stripping it off is not easy. You may still have or re-acquired constrictive pericarditis. See your cardiologist, start with an exam, then and echo.
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