Pericarditis is inflammation of the pericardium, a sac-like membrane carrying fluid and surrounds the heart. The primary causes of pericarditis include viral infection, a pyogenic (pus-producing) infection, tuberculosis, urema, heart attack (myocardial infarction), cardiac injury and rheumatic or collagen vascular disease.
According to the National Health Services (NHS), “Pericarditis is a relatively common heart condition. Around 5% of all admissions to accident and emergency (A&E) departments for severe chest pain are diagnosed as pericarditis. Pericarditis tends to be more common in men than women. It can affect people of all ages but mostly occurs in adults.”
There are no standard guidelines to avoid pericarditis as many form of pericarditis cannot be prevented, but you can take preventive measures against pericarditis caused by viral infections.
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