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How bad is pericardial effusion (fluid around the heart) if temporary?
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Dr. Steven Ajluni
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Pericardial effusion
Most effusions are temporarary and of no great concern as they occur in the setting of inflammation around the heart.
Effusions become a problem if the fluid collection is large impeding the filling of the heart by having pressure in the pericardial space that is higher than within the heart during diastolic filling . This reduces cardiac output and can cause hypotension or tamponade.

In brief: Pericardial effusion
Most effusions are temporarary and of no great concern as they occur in the setting of inflammation around the heart.
Effusions become a problem if the fluid collection is large impeding the filling of the heart by having pressure in the pericardial space that is higher than within the heart during diastolic filling . This reduces cardiac output and can cause hypotension or tamponade.
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