What is pericarditis?
A person with pericarditis has inflammation of the pericardium, which is a strong sac that surrounds the heart. The most common cause of pericarditis is a viral infection.
What are the symptoms of pericarditis?
Symptoms of pericarditis include chest pain, difficulty breathing, fever, and cough. Usually, the chest pain worsens with movement and while taking a deep breath.
How does the doctor treat pericarditis?
Treatment for pericarditis includes nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications and corticosteroids. Severe cases of pericarditis may require surgery to remove the pericardium.
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