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Heart Disease Symptoms

Symptoms of Pericarditis

When present, symptoms of pericarditis may include:

  • Chest pain. This pain is different from angina (pain caused by coronary artery disease. It may be sharp and located in the center of the chest. The pain may radiate to the neck and occasionally, the arms and back. It is made worse when lying down, taking a deep breath in, coughing, or swallowing and relieved by sitting forward.
  • Low-grade fever.

  • Increased heart rate.

Because many of the symptoms associated with each type of heart disease are similar, it is important to see your doctor so that you can receive a correct diagnosis and prompt treatment.

 

 

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Reviewed by Thomas M. Maddox, MD on May 15, 2012

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