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What is pericarditis and how long does it last?

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:59 AM on Mar. 29, 2010 in Health

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  • this is something i found on google when i searched. hope it helps.

    What causes pericarditis?

    There are many causes of pericarditis. Most often the cause is unknown. Causes of pericarditis are listed below:


    * The cause of the illness is not identified (although often it's the result of a minor viral illness or "cold")

    Mechanical injury to the heart

    * Heart attack (myocardial infarction) and Dressler's syndrome

    * Heart surgery and post pericardiotomy syndrome

    * Trauma

    Infection Bacterial

    * Viral

    * Fungal

    * HIV

    Tumors or cancer

    * Primary (rare)

    * Metastatic

    Connective Tissue Disease

    * Rheumatoid arthritis

    * Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

    * Sarcoidosis

    * Scleroderma

    Answer by eva123 at 10:03 AM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • Pericarditis: Inflammation of the Pericardium around the heart. ( The sac that surrounds the heart). Depending on the cause....antibotics can work.

    Answer by gr-mom2 at 10:05 AM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • Pericarditis is inflammation of the pericardial sac surrounding the heart. It can sometimes be caused by infection, so antibiotics CAN work. Sometimes it's caused by a virus and you simply have to be monitored. It can be extremely serious in some cases, so please watch for signs/symptoms of a heart attack (most women don't have the cardinal symptoms of crushing pain, tingling/numbness in the left arm). If you feel nauseous, light headed, or see spots/floaters, call 911. Better safe than sorry.

    Answer by Luvmylilmonkies at 10:55 AM on Mar. 29, 2010

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