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What are symptoms of serious pericardial effusions?

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Large, serious pericardial effusions, or smaller ones that happen quickly, may cause:

If you have these symptoms, get medical help right away.

  • Shortness of breath
  • Palpitations (sensation that your heart is pounding or beating fast)
  • Light-headedness or passing out
  • Cool, clammy skin

From: What to Know: Pericardial Effusion WebMD Medical Reference

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Libby, P. 8th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2007. Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine,

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 5, 2018

SOURCE:

Libby, P. 8th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2007. Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine,

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 5, 2018

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