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What is and what causes cardiac tamponade?

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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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In brief: Fluid under pressure

The heart is surrounded by an envelope called the pericardial sac.
When fluid develops in the sac, it can build up pressure resulting in what's called a cardiac tamponade. The heart being a pump cannot effectively perform its function against this pressure unless the fluid is removed.

In brief: Fluid under pressure

The heart is surrounded by an envelope called the pericardial sac.
When fluid develops in the sac, it can build up pressure resulting in what's called a cardiac tamponade. The heart being a pump cannot effectively perform its function against this pressure unless the fluid is removed.
Dr. Wesley Marquart
Dr. Wesley Marquart
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