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Glossary for Rheumatic pericarditis

  • Cardiac tamponade: Symptoms caused by compression of the heart due to the accumulation of blood or fluid in the space between the heart muscle and the membrane covering the heart.
  • Chest conditions: Any condition affecting the chest
  • Chest pain: Pain in the chest area.
  • Constrictive pericarditis: Inflammation, swelling and thickening of the pericardium (fibrous sac surrounding the heart) which causes it to tighten around the heart and affect its function. The condition may be misdiagnosed as a heart attack and vice versa.
  • Death: The cessation of life
  • Dry cough: Dry non-productive cough without producing sputum
  • Heart conditions: Any condition that affects the heart
  • Lung symptoms: Symptoms affecting one or both lungs.
  • Non-pathogenic inflammatory conditions: Medical disorders that cause inflammation, but are not due to any infectious pathogen.
  • Pericardial effusion: Occurs when there is an abnormal collection of fluid within the pericardial sac
  • Shock: Severe condition from reduced blood circulation


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