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A: Pericardtis may be a risk factor. pericarditis or inflammation of the pericardium is usually caused by a virus, bacterium or a fungus. pericarditis can also have numerous causes some being widespread infections, trauma and even some blood thinning medications. The most important thing is to receive the proper diagnosis by a health care professional who can then institute proper care and further information regarding causative factors....



A: Dear Robin, Sure, go to work if you feel o.k. The only complications of acute pericarditis are fluid accumulation in the pericardial sack  and thickening of the pericardium.  Both cause swelling of legs and breathlessness, and either will be seen by the echo if either is present.  Recurrence of acute pericarditis with pain is more common, involving maybe a quarter of people with one episode.  Please write back if this note doesn"t really answer all your questions, and please let me know what the echo shows on Jan 7. David Richardson...

Hi,3-4 weeks ago I had a virus which amongst other symptoms caused a pericarditis. All of the acute symptoms are longgone, but I was just diagnosed with a gastritis which seems to be getting rapidly better with famotidine. However, oncea day or once eve

A: Hi Mellster ,Thanks for writing in this forum.Viral pericarditis is caused by viral infection of the pericardial sac, this causes irritation and swelling ofthe sac surrounding the heart .Coxsackievirus A and B, other echoviruses, and adenoviruses are most commonlyimplicated. The pain as a result of pericarditis is sharp and shooting in nature and increases with breathing.The long term complication could be a constrictive pericarditis where scarring of pericardium occurs leadingto breathlessnss and swelling of legs , another long term effect is recurrences of viral pericarditis. Youwill find a relief in this pain with the use of NSAIDS like ibuprofen. On the other hand the pain due...

pericarditis and Sepsis

A: Hi, The causes of acute pericarditis are many; for example... - viral(cytomegalo virus,HIV,Herpes virus) etc, - bacterial (notably pneumococcal), - fungal (aspergillus, histaplasmosis,candida albicans etc, & - myocardial infarctions. Risk factors for pneumoccocal pericardtis are advancing age (older than 55-65 years ), children younger than 6 months and immunocompromised states. Primary (Invasive) Pneumoccocal pericardtis can be very fulminant and may result in death very rapidly.Certain communities (Apache & Navajo Indians, native Alaskans,and African Americans) have been found to be at a higher risk. Usually there is a focus of infection which may remain occult. From your description, one strong possibility is an invasive pneumococcal...


  Osteo pericarditis

A: Hi Devilish osteo pericarditis is not an appropriate word, it is pericarditis. It is swelling and irritationof pericardium, a thin sac like membrane surrounding heart. Symptoms are sharp, piercing chest pain overcentre or left side of chest, shortness of breath, low grade fever, dry cough, abdominal or leg swelling. Itis of two types 1)acute which last less then few weeks. 2) chronic lasts six months or more. Sometimes thesymptoms are difficult to differentiate from that of Heart attack .Mild cases improve on their own, whilesevere cases may include medications and rarely surgery. Nonsteroidal antiinflammatoyr drugs like asprin is ofgreat help till you reach your Doctor. Hope this information will help you. Take...


left ventricular failure V. pericarditis

A: Jan, As far as the left ventricular failure your symptoms would include shortness of breath, difficulty breathing during activity. This can be confirmed with an echocardiogram and EKG.  Regarding pericarditis this has more of an acute onset. Symptoms are similar including general malaise as well.  Usually history of recent ear, nose or throat infection. Must be confirmed by an exam including auscultation of a pericardial rub, blood tests for bacterial culture, echocardiogram and EKG. Brian and Tammy:-)...


A: Dear Doclem, It is good you have the training to consider all kinds of contributive factors to your tachycardia. I will always hesitate to second guess a first diagnosis - simply because of not being there and having the luxury of seeing the test results for myself, or have the privilege of discussing the clinical picture with your treating physicians. I understand you have already investigated thyroid values, have you also tested for pheochromocytoma? If all the other metabolic conditions that can mimic a cardiologic problem have been ruled out, it does seem possible that your cardiologist may be on track to suggest you may have IST (inappropirate sinus tachycardia). You fit the profile for age and gender, and describe the symptoms to a T. At the same time - you mention a family history...


Newbie from UK!!! Recurrent pericarditis causing worsening Asthma

A: Hi Louise, I wanted to welcome you to Healing Well forum.  It sounds as if you have been through quite a bit.  I am sorry for that and understand it is frustrating.  Especially if you have understanding of the medical field having worked in it and still have no answers.  I also worked in the medical field for a number of years but my experience is in mental health, which always has a cross into the medical practice.  I also am not working now due to my own health problems.  There are quite a few people on this board who have pericarditis and we also have a thread that we keep going dedicated to this topic, if you havenít checked it out already.  I am sure that you will have many responses to your...


Additional question to Is Pericardial Tamponad a Possibility

A: Well, the fact that her cardiac silhouette was greatly enlarged on the chest x-ray taken the day before her death suggests that she had a large pericardial effusion. Tho the earlier x-ray says the heart was enlarged then too, I get the impression that the heart shadow was much bigger on the day before death, suggesting big pericardial effusion.  You might ask the radiologists to look at the two films again and see if her heart shadow was really much bigger on the day before she died.  The autopsy report suggests that the duration of the pericarditis was 10 days or more (not much help) and that the cause of death was severe pericarditis.  I don"t see how pericarditis would kill a person except by...

Fliud around the heart??

A: peritonitis thats serious, i know she was suffering from occasional nose bleeds would there be a connection? pericarditis is a swelling and irritation of the pericardium, the thin sac-like membrane that surrounds your heart. pericarditis often causes chest pain and sometimes other symptoms. pericarditis may be acute or chronic. The sharp chest pain associated with acute pericarditis occurs when the pericardium rubs against the heart''s outer layer. Mild cases may improve on their own. Treatment for more-severe cases may include medications and, rarely, surgery. Early diagnosis and treatment may help to reduce the risk of long-term...

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