Pericardial Disease is an increase in the amount of fluid between the heart and the pericardium, a thin fibroblastic sac composed of two layers that separate the heart from the surrounding mediastinal structures. The condition is characterized by sharp retrosternal chest pain, often radiating to the neck, shoulders, or back.
HOW IS PERICARDIAL DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
A Cardiologist/General Physician diagnoses Pericardial Disease by conducting a physical examination, ECG, and Echocardiogram.
HOW IS PERICARDIAL DISEASE TREATED?
A series of mixed treatments are done to heal PD, which range from using Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAID like Motrin. Besides this, other medicines used here include Corticosteroids and antibiotics if there are infections affecting the stomach area. A process called Pericardiocentesis is also done by the doctor. In extreme conditions, a surgery named Pericardiectomy is carried out.
DID YOU KNOW?
The pericardium helps keep the heart in position, prevent the heart from overfilling with blood, and protect the heart from being damaged by chest infections. However, the pericardium is not essential to life. If the pericardium is removed, there is little measurable effect on the heart's performance.