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What is constrictive pericarditis? Why is it such a big deal?

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Dr. Olivier Frankenberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Limited treatment

Constrictive pericarditis describes a situation in which the sac around the heart has gotten very stiff - usually as a result of prior inflammation from either infection or maybe open heart surgery - and as a result does not allow the heart muscle to expand whenever it needs to in order to accept more blood returning from the body or the lung.
Surgery is the only effective treatment once symptoms.

In brief: Limited treatment

Constrictive pericarditis describes a situation in which the sac around the heart has gotten very stiff - usually as a result of prior inflammation from either infection or maybe open heart surgery - and as a result does not allow the heart muscle to expand whenever it needs to in order to accept more blood returning from the body or the lung.
Surgery is the only effective treatment once symptoms.
Dr. Olivier Frankenberger
Dr. Olivier Frankenberger
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