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  • Tight feeling in the chest

  • Chest pain when I breathe

  • Pain around the rib cage

  • My brain is not working

  • Right side chest pain

  • Chest pain all over

  • Fever then no fever then fever again

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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is acute pericarditis?

Acute pericarditis is an inflammation of the pericardium (outer covering of the heart) that develops suddenly (<6 weeks). Possible causes include infection, trauma, or an autoimmune condition. The condition affects all ages but is more common in men between 16 to 65 years old.

Symptoms of acute pericarditis

  • Chest pain

  • Chest tightness

  • My brain is not functioning right now

  • Fever

  • Feel the heart is pounding

  • Left-sided chest pain

  • Feeling breathless

  • Fatigue

Questions your doctor may ask to check for acute pericarditis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose acute pericarditis

  • Do you have any chest pain?

  • Do you have chest tightness?

  • Do you have problems focusing or a reduced sense of awareness in your surroundings?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you feel your heart is pounding?

Treatment for acute pericarditis

Mild cases may not need treatment. Medications to reduce inflammation and pain are used for moderate and severe cases. Severe cases may need hospitalization. If fluid builds up in the space between the heart and its covering, surgery may be necessary.

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References

  • Doctor NS, Shah AB, Coplan N, Kronzon I. Acute Pericarditis. Prog Cardiovasc Dis. 2017 Jan-Feb;59(4):349-359. doi: 10.1016/j.pcad.2016.12.001. Epub 2016 Dec 10. PMID: 27956197.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0033062016301384?via%3Dihub

  • Snyder MJ, Bepko J, White M. Acute pericarditis: diagnosis and management. Am Fam Physician. 2014 Apr 1;89(7):553-60. PMID: 24695601.

    https://www.aafp.org/pubs/afp/issues/2014/0401/p553.html

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Maxwell J. Nanes

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency department)

Dr Nanes received a doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. There he trained at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the practice of adult and pediatric emergency medicine. He was a chief resident and received numerous awards for teaching excellence during his time there. | | After residency he took a job at a community hospital where he and his colleagues worked through the toughest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. |

Tatsuya Shiraishi

Tatsuya Shiraishi, MD (Cardiology)

Dr. Shiraishi graduated from the Kyoto University School of Medicine. He worked as a cardiologist at Edogawa Hospital, and after joining Ubie, he became the Director of East Nihonbashi Internal Medicine Clinic.

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