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Cardiac Tamponade

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is cardiac tamponade?

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

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What increases my risk for cardiac tamponade?

What are the signs and symptoms of cardiac tamponade?

How is cardiac tamponade diagnosed?

How is cardiac tamponade treated?

Treatment is based on how severe your symptoms are and what is causing the cardiac tamponade. You may need any of the following:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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