Pericarditis is a painful inflammation of the membrane surrounding your heart. The exact cause is not always known, but infections are a common reason for pericarditis.
At Dignity Health Central California, we aim to cure pericarditis by treating the underlying condition. When the root cause is not known, we offer personalized treatment options to alleviate your symptoms and prevent future complications.
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Treat for Pericarditis at Dignity Health Central California
The severity of your pericarditis will guide your treatment. In most cases, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication will heal the flare up within a few days or weeks.
Sometimes, more advanced treatment is needed to treat complications. In this case, your doctor may suggest one or a combination of the following treatment options:
- Antibiotics, to treat a bacterial infection that’s causing the inflammation
- Anti-inflammatory medications, such as prednisone
- Surgery to relieve pressure on the heart
- Surgery to remove part or all of the pericardium
Surgery is usually an option for chronic pericarditis that doesn’t respond to standard treatment. Your cardiologist at Dignity Health Central California will work with you to choose a treatment that aims to heal your pericarditis.
Preventing Chronic Pericarditis
It’s not always possible to prevent pericarditis, especially when the cause is unknown. However, you can still reduce your risk of pericarditis and prevent it from becoming a chronic condition by:
- Managing autoimmune disorders, such as lupus
- Promptly treating infections, such as pneumonia
- Maintaining an ongoing relationship with your cardiologist
By following your doctor’s personalized treatment plan, you can lead a healthy life with a strong heart. Choose Dignity Health Central California for expert cardiovascular treatment, including continuous care for pericarditis.
Cardiology services at Dignity Health Central California offer treatment for pericarditis in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.