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Hiba Saleem
Hiba Saleem11 months ago


Pericarditis refers to inflammation of the pericardium. The most common form is acute pericarditis. Subacute and chronic forms develop more slowly and last longer. Recurrent pericarditis is when there are symptom-free intervals in between episodes. A typical symptom of acute pericarditis is chest pain, which can be sharp or dull. The pain may radiate to the left shoulder or arm, similar to that of a heart attack, or ischemia. Unlike ischemic pain, however, pericardial pain is worsened with deep breathing, coughing, swallowing, or lying flat; and improved with sitting up or leaning forward. This video provides an overview of the symptoms, pathophysiology, causes, diagnosis and treatments of pericarditis.

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