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Cardiac Tamponade


Cardiac tamponade occurs when too much fluid collects in the pericardium (the sac around your heart). The fluid may collect slowly or quickly, and puts pressure on your heart. This makes it difficult for your heart to pump. Cardiac tamponade can be life-threatening.


Follow up with your healthcare provider or cardiologist as directed:

You will need to return for more tests to see if the fluid around your heart has come back. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Manage your other health conditions:

Ask for information on managing other medical conditions that increase your risk for cardiac tamponade.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have swelling in your ankles, legs, or abdomen.
  • You have bulging veins in your neck, head, or temples.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately if:

  • You have sudden chest pain.
  • You have sudden difficulty breathing.
  • Your heart is pounding or racing.

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