PericarditisOverview

overview

Pericarditis is inflammation of the lining around your heart.

symptoms

Symptoms of pericarditis include a sharp pain in your chest that gets worse when you breathe in deeply or lie down.

treatments_overview

Pericarditis is usually treated with anti-inflammatory painkillers. Depending on the cause, you may need other medicines like steroids or antibiotics.

causes

Pericarditis is usually caused by a viral infection.

Page last reviewed: 15/08/2017
Next review due: 15/08/2020