Inflammation of the fluid-filled layer that surrounds the heart
Expert Heart & Vascular Care
Getting the care you need starts with seeing one of our heart or vascular specialists.
The pericardium is a membrane surrounding the heart that contains pericardial fluid. Pericarditis occurs when this layer becomes swollen or inflamed. It usually develops very quickly and can last for several months.
Our Cardiology Program has access to the most sophisticated diagnostic tools to diagnose and treat pericarditis. Early diagnosis and treatment is essential to avoid serious complications such as pericardial effusion, a buildup of the fluid around the heart.
What are the symptoms of pericarditis?
The most common symptom of pericarditis is chest pain. You also may experience:
Diagnosing pericarditis is the first step to developing a treatment plan. Our specialists may recommend one or more diagnostic and imaging procedures.
The cardiac computed tomography scan, or cardiac CT, uses X-rays to create three-dimensional images of your heart and blood vessels.
An echocardiogram uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of your heart.
An electrocardiogram, also known as an ECG, measures the heart’s electrical activity.
Magnetic resonance imaging, better known as cardiac MRI, is a combination of radio waves, magnets and computer technology to create images of your heart and blood vessels.