A risk of pericarditis defined as a fluid-filled pericardium that affects the proper function of the heart. When pericardial effusion worsens (too much fluid builds up or it builds up too quickly), people can experience cardiac tamponade. This can be serious and life threatening.
A doctor who specializes in the treatment of heart diseases such as pericarditis.
A pericarditis episode that lasts for more than 3 months.
Voluntary research studies designed to determine the safety and effectiveness of different medicines. The clinical trial results are submitted to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval. Some patients with pericarditis are involved in the clinical trials of new treatment options.
A common medicine used for recurrent (repeat) pericarditis. Colchicine works to relieve inflammation in a different way than NSAIDs. Side effects may include upset stomach and diarrhea.
Constrictive (or restrictive) pericarditis
A rare risk of pericarditis, when the swelling (inflammation) causes the pericardial sac to become scarred and stiff, limiting the heart's pumping action. This can occur in someone during the first (acute) pericarditis episode or after recurrent (repeat) pericarditis episodes.
Corticosteroids (also known as steroids)
Medications that reduce inflammation (and the pain it can cause). However, they can cause serious side effects, including mood changes, mental health issues, fatty deposits in the face, and osteoporosis (brittle bones).
C-reactive protein (CRP)
This is a protein made by your liver in response to inflammation. The CRP blood test is used to help confirm a diagnosis of pericarditis.