What does it feel like to have pericarditis?

If you have acute pericarditis, the most common symptom is sharp, stabbing chest pain behind the breastbone or in the left side of your chest. However, some people with acute pericarditis describe their chest pain as dull, achy or pressure-like instead, and of varying intensity.

What do you do if you have pericarditis?

Medications to reduce the inflammation and swelling associated with pericarditis are often prescribed, including:

  • Pain relievers. Most pain associated with pericarditis responds well to treatment with pain relievers available without a prescription, such as aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others).
  • Colchicine (Colcrys, Mitigare).
  • Corticosteroids.

What are the signs and symptoms of pericarditis? The most common symptom of chronic pericarditis is chest pain. Depending on the type, signs and symptoms of pericarditis may include some or all of the following: Sharp, piercing chest pain over the center or left side of the chest, which is generally more intense when breathing in. Shortness of breath when reclining.

What is the most common cause of pericarditis? The cause of about half of all pericarditis cases (both acute and chronic) is unknown. Viral infections are likely the most common cause of acute pericarditis, but the virus may never be found. Pericarditis often occurs after a respiratory infection. Bacterial, fungal, and other infections also can cause pericarditis.

Is pericarditis life threatening? Pericarditis is the inflammation of the lining of the heart. Pericarditis in and of itself is not life threatening. But complications of pericarditis such as pericardial effusions, or accumulation of fluid between the sac of the heart and the heart itself, are life threatening.

How long will it take to cure pericarditis?

How long will it take to cure pericarditis? Pericarditis is often mild and goes away on its own. Some cases, if not treated, can lead to chronic Pericarditis

Inflammation of the pericardium (thin membrane around heart) causing chest pain.

and serious problems that affect your heart. It can takes weeks or months to recover from pericarditis. Full recovery is likely with rest and ongoing care, and this can help reduce your risk of getting it again.

What is pericarditis and how is it treated? Most often, pericarditis is caused by a viral infection and the treatment is aimed at decreasing inflammation and controlling pain. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs (ibuprofen [Motrin and others], naproxen [Aleve, Naprosyn, and others]) are commonly used.

Can you die from pericarditis? Acute pericarditis can be a very serious infection. Mortality (death rate) can be almost 100% IF it is pericarditis with pus that is not treated.

What you should know about acute pericarditis? Pericarditis terms Acute pericarditis is most common. Recurring (or relapsing) pericarditis may be intermittent or constant. Pericarditis is considered chronic when a relapse occurs as soon as anti-inflammatory treatment is stopped. Pericardial effusion is a buildup of fluid in the pericardium layers.