Pericardial Effusion

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Pericardial effusion is a buildup of fluid in the pericardium. The pericardium is a 2-layer sac that surrounds the heart. The sac normally contains a small amount of clear fluid between its layers. This allows the heart to move smoothly against other organs in the chest as it beats. The buildup of fluid may affect how the heart works.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Follow up with your primary healthcare provider (PHP) as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your PHP if:

  • You have a fever.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You feel lightheaded or faint.

  • You have swelling in your legs or feet.

  • You have shortness of breath.

  • Your chest pain does not get better or becomes worse.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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