Also known as Inflammation Of The Membrane Surrounding The Heart
Pericarditis is an inflammation of the pericardium (the fibrous sac surrounding the heart). A characteristic chest pain is often present.Source: Wikipedia
Within all the people who go to their doctor with pericarditis, 88% report having sharp chest pain, 66% report having shortness of breath, and 45% report having chest tightness. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of pericarditis are chest tightness, irregular heartbeat, and lymphedema, although you may still have pericarditis without those symptoms.
Patients with pericarditis often receive radiographic imaging procedure, electrocardiogram, hematologic tests, complete blood count, plain x-ray, cardiac enzymes measurement, kidney function tests and glucose measurement .
The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with pericarditis include nitroglycerin, indomethacin, colchicine, temazepam, terazosin, bosentan (tracleer), entecavir (baraclude), pindolol, misoprostol, dexlansoprazole (dexilant), calcitonin, lactobacillus acidophilus (dofus) and candesartan (atacand) .
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Groups of people at highest risk for pericarditis include age 75+ years. On the other hand, age 5-14 years and age < 1 years almost never get pericarditis.