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What are treatments for pericardial disease?

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Pericarditis often subsides on its own, but it also can be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or, in severe cases, corticosteroid hormones. Occasionally, fluid must be drained from the pericardium using a long, thin needle inserted carefully through the chest.

In the rare event that pericarditis becomes a chronic condition, you may need surgery to either create a pathway for the extra fluid to drain internally or to remove the pericardial sac altogether.

SOURCES: 

Myers, R., , Firefly Books Ltd, 2004.  Heart Disease: Everything You Need to Know

Verheugt, F.; Tonkin, A., "Artherosclerosis and Heart Disease," Taylor & Francis Group; 1st edition, 2003. 

WebMD Medical reference: "Heart Disease."

Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 02, 2018

SOURCES: 

Myers, R., , Firefly Books Ltd, 2004.  Heart Disease: Everything You Need to Know

Verheugt, F.; Tonkin, A., "Artherosclerosis and Heart Disease," Taylor & Francis Group; 1st edition, 2003. 

WebMD Medical reference: "Heart Disease."

Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 02, 2018

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