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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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  • Fever then no fever then fever again

  • Shortness of breath

  • Periodic fever (>100.4°F / 38°C)

  • Remittent fever of 102.2°F / 39°C

  • Tight feeling in the chest

  • Shortness of breath when lying down

  • Stomach was uncomfortable, then had a fever

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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.

Typical Symptoms of Acute Pericarditis

  • History of connective tissue, autoimmune or rheumatic disease

  • Fever

  • Chest pain

  • Left-sided chest pain

  • Feeling breathless

  • My brain is not functioning right now

  • Chest tightness

  • Feel the heart is pounding

Doctor's Diagnostic Questionson Acute Pericarditis

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this disease:

  • Have you ever been diagnosed with a connective tissue, autoimmune, or rheumatic disease?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have chest pain?

  • Do you have pain on the left side of your chest?

  • Are you having difficulty breathing?

Treatmentof 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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Reviewed By:

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency Medicine)

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, MD

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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