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Pericarditis is a medical condition in which the outerlayer sac of the heart is becomes inflamed (obviously). Pericarditis is not as acute or as serious as myocarditis or endocarditis. During pericarditis the patient may experience chest pain which some people may confuse with a heart attack (myocardial infarction). This is not a heart attack because the circulation of blood flow is not compromised (yet a heart attack can cause pericarditis). The patient may be in a confused state of mind and may only be able to respond to verbal or painful stimuli. Any patient with pericarditis may be given anti-biotics or anti-inflammatory medication to subside any effects caused by pericarditis.

Any chest pain is considered a serious emergency. The best thing to do during chest pain is to take an aspirin and call an ambulance. Aspirin thins the blood (aka restore circulation)and can be life or death if your chest pain is serious.

Symptoms: Chest pain Fever Mild to severe fatigue Loss of consciousness to lightheadedness Dyspnea (shortness of breath) Muscle weakness

Yes these symptons are very scary and have been suffered by many around the world!!!!

how are things like HR, CO, SV.. affected? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:16, 31 May 2010 (UTC)


First, let me give you a "disclaimor" that no matter whoever talks here and regardless of their degree, you SHOULD NOT trust online data to be equivalent to the data that you might get from a medical doctor in person. So from MY POINT OF VIEW, and I am releasing all responsibility and attachments to me by saying this, I think I can answer your question:

Cardiac output or "CO" is defined as CO = HR * SV. In other words when you multiply the HR which is the number of times your heart beats a minute by SV (Stroke volume: defined as the volume of blood put out in each contraction), you get cardiac output. Now cardiac output is a measure of how well your heart is pumping blood out. OK, so anything that compromises the heart be it a heart attack or arrythima can decrease Cardiac output.

Patients who have decreased cardiac output suffer from lightheadedness, they might become lethargic, their thinking might be abnormal cuz they brain is not perfused and such. Now can percarditis cause this? Yes, IF it compromises the functioning of the heart by causing TAMPONADE(see cardiac tamponade for more info).

So in the end what does it all mean? Point is to see a physician upon the onset of any sort of chest pain. Regardless of what the cause is, it pays to be sure and to get the treatment. Most of the heart related issues have long term sequelae which means if you do not attend to it today, it might not end well later. Overall, however, pericarditis is a "serious" medical problem and you should see your physician or go to an ER if you have any sort of persistent, severe, or unusual chest pain. (Caveat to that: Not all chest pain are heart pain. People often KNOW if they are having a serious pain or just a sharp occasional muscle or bone pain. so use your common sense.) Cheers and hope this helps! Dr. Persi (talk) 06:51, 21 November 2010 (UTC)

Just reading the part of cardiac tamponade etc., I believe that the capillary refill time (CRT) would actually increase, not decrease, as there is hypo-perfusion. Cheers — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:18, 25 July 2013 (UTC)