By: Skylar Marie Rogister

Pericarditis is swelling and irritation of the pericardium, the thin sac-like membrane surrounding your heart.Pericarditis often causes chest pain and sometimes other symptoms. Most cases are mild and usually improve on their own.Pericarditis usually begins suddenly but doesn't last long (acute). When symptoms develop more gradually or persist, pericarditis is considered chronic.Acute pericarditis usually lasts less than a few weeks.Depending on the type, signs and symptoms of pericarditis may include some or all of the following:

  • Sharp, piercing chest pain over the center or left side of the chest
  • Shortness of breath when reclining
  • Heart palpitations
  • Low-grade fever
  • An overall sense of weakness, fatigue or feeling sick
  • Cough
  • Abdominal or leg swelling.Seek immediate medical care if you develop new symptoms of chest pain. Many of the symptoms of pericarditis are similar to those of other heart and lung conditions. The sooner you are evaluated, the sooner you can receive proper diagnosis and treatment

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