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St. Vincentius Clinic Karlsruhe

9.8/10 from 23 Votes

The St. Vincentius Clinic is the largest multidisciplinary medical institution and academiс hospital of the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg. Treatment and diagnosis of patients is conducted by doctors with a scientific degree. They are introducing the latest progressive techniques.

Pericarditis diagnosis
1571
Pericardial drainage to treat pericarditis
17464
Pericarditis differential diagnosis and conservative treatment
16309
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Karlsruhe

University Hospital Rechts der Isar of the Munich Technical University

10/10 from 70 Votes

The Rechts der Isar Hospital is the University Hospital of the Technical University of Munich. There is intensive cooperation between the research facilities of the TU and the hospital in numbers of areas.

Pericarditis diagnosis
2097
Pericardial drainage to treat pericarditis
20111
Pericarditis differential diagnosis and conservative treatment
19419
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich
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University Hospital Cologne

9.8/10 from 82 Votes

The University Hospital Cologne is included in the Focus magazine rating of top German hospitals 2017 and offers patients first-class medical care meeting the latest medical advancements.

Pericarditis diagnosis
1487
Pericardial drainage to treat pericarditis
16388
Pericarditis differential diagnosis and conservative treatment
14309
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Cologne
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Academic Hospital Sachsenhausen Frankfurt am Main

10/10 from 23 Votes

The Academic Hospital Sachsenhausen at the Goethe University Frankfurt was founded in 1985 by the world-famous professor Dr. Carl von Noorden and Dr. Edouard Lampe. At that time it was Germany's first medical institution specializing in the treatment of diabetes.

Pericarditis diagnosis
1521
Pericardial drainage to treat pericarditis
16032
Pericarditis differential diagnosis and conservative treatment
14284
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Frankfurt am Main

University Hospital Muenster

9.8/10 from 78 Votes

The University Hospital Muenster is one of the most respected multi-field medical centers in Germany. It consists of more than 30 departments and numerous research institutes and centers. Every year over 58,000 inpatients are treated here and nearly 475,000 patients receive medical care on the outpatient basis.

Pericarditis diagnosis
1679
Pericardial drainage to treat pericarditis
18462
Pericarditis differential diagnosis and conservative treatment
17188
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Muenster
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University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

10/10 from 97 Votes

The University Hospital Frankfurt is part of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. The hospital was founded in 1914 and today it is a famous German medical institution with rich traditions. The hospital treats about 49,000 inpatients and 220,000 outpatients every year.

Pericarditis diagnosis
1651
Pericardial drainage to treat pericarditis
18542
Pericarditis differential diagnosis and conservative treatment
17114
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Frankfurt am Main
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Academic Hospital Neuperlach Munich

9.8/10 from 11 Votes

The Neuperlach Clinic is a modern medical facility with a high level of service. The clinic has high-tech modern equipment, making it one of the best hospitals not only in Germany but also in Europe. There are comfortable single and double rooms with shower and toilet, TV, telephone and radio.

Pericarditis diagnosis
1562
Pericardial drainage to treat pericarditis
17409
Pericarditis differential diagnosis and conservative treatment
16376
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich
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HELIOS Clinic Krefeld

9.7/10 from 38 Votes

Founded in 2014, the HELIOS Clinic Krefeld is one of the most modern medical facilities in Germany today. A team of highly qualified specialists, innovative medical equipment and comfortable accommodation conditions – the clinic has everything to make the treatment run smoothly and efficiently.

Pericarditis diagnosis
1601
Pericardial drainage to treat pericarditis
16907
Pericarditis differential diagnosis and conservative treatment
16312
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Krefeld

Vivantes Humboldt Hospital Berlin

9.7/10 from 23 Votes

An academic clinic of the university medical complex Charité, the Vivantes Humboldt Hospital is one of the largest specialized medical institutions in Berlin.

Pericarditis diagnosis
2061
Pericardial drainage to treat pericarditis
21161
Pericarditis differential diagnosis and conservative treatment
19337
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Berlin

Academic Hospital Asklepios Barmbek Hamburg

9.5/10 from 23 Votes

As an Academic Hospital of the University of Hamburg, the Asklepios Barmbek Hospital offers a wide range of medical services in the field of conservative and surgical treatment. The hospital was opened in 2005 and today it is one of the best and modern medical centers in Europe.

Pericarditis diagnosis
1659
Pericardial drainage to treat pericarditis
17990
Pericarditis differential diagnosis and conservative treatment
17275
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Hamburg

Academic Hospital Bogenhausen Munich

9.2/10 from 43 Votes

With more than 36,000 patients annually and 1,000 beds, the Academic Hospital Bogenhausen is one of the largest clinics in Munich.

Pericarditis diagnosis
1678
Pericardial drainage to treat pericarditis
18369
Pericarditis differential diagnosis and conservative treatment
17159
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich
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PAN Clinic Cologne

9/10 from 14 Votes

The PAN Clinic has gained universal recognition due to highly professional doctors and their responsive and careful approach to the treatment.  A team of experienced doctors specialized in 25 medical focuses takes care of the patients' health.

Pericarditis diagnosis
1678
Pericarditis differential diagnosis and conservative treatment
16918
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Cologne
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Academic Hospital Schwabing Munich

8.5/10 from 7 Votes

The Schwabing Clinic is a modern medical facility with a high level of service. The clinic has high-tech modern equipment, making it one of the best hospitals not only in Germany but also in Europe. There are comfortable single and double rooms with shower and toilet, TV, telephone and radio.

Pericarditis diagnosis
1569
Pericardial drainage to treat pericarditis
17307
Pericarditis differential diagnosis and conservative treatment
15995
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich
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Preventicum Diagnostic Сlinic Essen

10/10 from 1 Votes

The Preventicum Diagnostic Clinic has been intensively working over the years to become one of the leading medical excellence centres in Germany.

Pericarditis diagnosis
2026
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Essen

Vivantes Neukölln Hospital Berlin

10/10 from 23 Votes

The Vivantes Neukölln Hospital is the maximum care hospital and one of the largest healthcare facilities in Berlin.   There are more than 20 specialized departments and centers, including pediatric departments. In total, the hospital has 1,200 beds.

Pericarditis diagnosis
2196
Pericardial drainage to treat pericarditis
20397
Pericarditis differential diagnosis and conservative treatment
19354
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Berlin

Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center

9.9/10 from 23 Votes

The Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov) is the second largest and one of the most advanced healthcare and research institutions in Israel. Founded in 1961, it still enjoys popularity among the local population and draws thousands of international patients.

Pericarditis diagnosis
0.00
Pericardial drainage to treat pericarditis
0.00
Pericarditis differential diagnosis and conservative treatment
0.00
location_onCountry: Israel
location_searchingCity: Tel Aviv

About the disease

Pericarditis is the condition, when the pericardium becomes inflamed. The pericardium is a sac-like tissue, which surrounds the heart. Pericardium is responsible for keeping the heart in place and also for helping it work. As pericardium consists of two thin layers, which create the sac-like tissue, there is a very small amount of fluid surround them. This fluid is needed to prevent friction from the two thin layers, that create the sac-like tissue. During pericarditis pericardium becomes inflamed. Its most common manifestation is the chest pain. This pain can appear if the friction between two layers of the pericardium occurs and thus results in pericardium rubbing against the heart. Nevertheless, chest pain, no matter numb or acute, is a medical emergency. As symptoms of pericarditis are similar to heart attack, especially in the intensity of a chest pain, a person must call emergency upon noticing any symptoms, as a person could be having a heart attack. Pericarditis is also dangerous and can lead to other heart problems, that's why timely diagnosis is so important.

There are several factors which can cause pericarditis. The most common cause of pericarditis is an infection. Both viral and bacterial infection can lead to development of pericarditis. Even fungal pericarditis can lead to pericarditis. If pericarditis is mild, this disease can subside on its own and a person then recovers without needing any treatment. In other cases, such as acute or chronic pericarditis, a person needs to undergo intense treatment to avoid complications. Pericarditis can develop as a result of previous heart attack or surgery on the heart. That`s why people with previous heart conditions need to checked by the cardiologist regularly to avoid complications.

Symptoms

  • Chest pain
  • Pain can be acute or numb
  • Stabbing sensation in the chest
  • Pressure in the chest
  • Pain may radiate from left or right side of the chest, in some cases even from shoulders
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Swelling in the stomach or legs in rare cases of chronic cases of pericarditis

Diagnosis

  • During a general examination, a doctor will ask about a medical history of a patient to determine if he/she had any heart problems in the past. He will also inquire if a person has contracted any infections lately. A doctor will then listen to a person's heart to determine if the heartbeat is strong and normal.
  • An X-ray of the chest and ECG used to examine the heart and pericardium and rule out other factors which could be causing chest pain.
  • Echocardiography is used to create the image of the heart and determine if the pericardium looks normal. Usually, in cases of pericarditis there is a collection of fluid in the pericardium which creates the inflammation. A heart can be enlarged as well because of pericarditis.

Treatment

  • Conservative treatment uses anti-inflammatory drugs to alleviate the pain. If pericarditis was caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics can be prescribed. If pericarditis was caused by viral infection, antiviral drugs can be prescribed in that case.
  • Pericardial drainage is a surgery used to remove the excess fluid from the pericardium and to prevent inflammation in future. This surgery is performed using a catheter which removes the excess fluid and relieves the pressure, thus eliminating chest pain as well.



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