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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is acute pericarditis?

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

Symptoms related to 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 require treatment. Medications to reduce inflammation and pain are used to treat acute pericarditis for moderate and severe cases. Severe cases may require hospitalisation. If fluid builds up in the space between the heart and its covering, surgery may be required.

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