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WHAT YOU NEED TO 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.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 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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