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.
Not likely. Pericarditis is inflammation of the pericardial sac surrounding the heart. It may be associated with fluid accumulation. As the fluid increase it causes the heart to be compressed resulting in shock, this is known as tamponade and requires immediate drainage.

Related Questions

Do viral infections cause a heart problem called pericarditis?

Yes. Viral infection are a common cause of pericarditis which is an inflammation of the lining around the heart. Read more...
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. Read more...

Why does mild pericarditis cause increased heart rate (86-98) at rest and breathlessness? I am taking ibuprofen and colchicine?

Simply put . The heart is inflamed, and usually a small amount of fluid around the heart. The heart has to work. Bit harder to push the same amount of blood throughout your body. To do this task it beats a bit faster. Read more...
Pump restriction? 'mild' pericarditis, controlled for the moment with anti inflammatory meds such as you are on, shouldn't cause many symptoms. I would see your doctor/cardiologist and have this rechecked. A lot of the answer depends upon what is defined as 'mild', how recent the problem began and a few other things that testing with an echocardiogram might answer. Read more...
Generally due to . Pain....Unless constriction is present which is highly unusual. Read more...

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. Read more...
Not always. Constrictive pericarditis may be seen with pericardial effusion or thickening ( easily seen on echo) or with a normal thickness of pericardium. In the latter case, it can be detected by echo based on its restriction of cardiac wall motion , however this can be subtle and may be confused with other conditions. Read more...

Which layer of the heart is affected by pericarditis?

Pericarditis. In short, it is the pericardium that is affected by pericarditis. This is the thin sac-like membrane, protective covering of the heart. Read more...
Outer layer. The outer layer 'pericardium' is inflamed in pericarditis and can produce 'liquid' and cause pain by stimulating the nerves that supply it. Read more...

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. Read more...

What is the difference between the symptoms of pericarditis (that develops rapidly over the course of an hour) and a heart attack?

Not much. Typically pericarditis pain will be worse when lying flat and better leaning forward. Pericarditis may occur while you have a viral infection or are just getting over one. Otherwise they can be similar. Often your doctor can use your risk for a heart attack (older, smoker, multiple medical conditions) to predict if one is more likely than the other. Read more...
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. Read more...