Pericarditis

Symptoms

  • Sharp
  • Acute
  • Left sided chest pain
  • CP worse w/deep breath
  • CP worse lying down; better sitting up/leaning forward
  • Sometimes SOB, fever, weakness

Physical Exam Findings

  • Fever
  • Often pericardial friction rub present (3 components)
  • If effusion→ may have decreased heart sounds
  • If tamponade→ elevated jvp, soft heart sounds, elevated hr, low bp, pulses paradoxes

Sub-Diseases

Other Diagnoses