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Pericarditis is a condition in which the sac-like covering around the heart (pericardium) becomes inflamed.
When the pericardium is inflamed, it produces fluid. A large amount of fluid can compress the heart, limiting the ability of the heart to fill normally with blood, and thereby producing tachycardia (rapid pulse rate) and hypotension (reduced blood pressure).
There are multiple causes for pericarditis including:
Typical symptoms associated with pericarditis include fever and chest pain. The chest pain is often more severe when someone lies down and is less when she sits up and leans forward.
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