The sac that surrounds your heart is a thin membrane called the pericardium. At times, it can become swollen and irritated due to a number of health reasons, like an infection. At Dignity Health Central Coast, we can diagnose your pericarditis pain and develop a treatment plan focused on your physical, mental, and spiritual needs.
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Identifying Pericarditis Causes at Dignity Health Central Coast
Acute pericarditis can flare up and then go away after treatment. When this condition remains over time and takes longer to treat, it becomes a chronic heart problem.
Most often, the cause of pericarditis is not known. Your doctor may order heart and blood tests for a thorough pericarditis diagnosis.
A bacterial, viral, or fungal infection can lead to this cardiac condition. It can also be brought on by:
- Chest trauma
- Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus or HIV
- Heart attack
Pain, especially a stabbing pain over the front of you chest, is the most common pericarditis symptom. You can also have pain in your shoulder or upper back. Pericarditis chest pain may get better when you sit up or lean forward.
If you experience chest pain, call 911 or seek emergency care immediately.
Relieving Pericarditis Pain with Treatment
Your Dignity Health Central Coast doctor will develop a personalized treatment plan that focuses on relieving your pericarditis symptoms, along with lowering your risk of complications. The extent and probable cause of your condition will help you doctor provide the best care.
If you have a mild case, you may only need rest and over-the-counter pain relievers. For chronic or more serious pericarditis, prescription medications or heart surgery may be necessary to prevent life-threatening complications.
For effective treatment of pericarditis, meet with a Dignity Health Central Coast heart doctor for personal care with humankindness.
Dignity Health offers award-winning cardiac care for pericarditis on the Central Coast of California.