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Constrictive Pericarditis

Posted by @healingheart, Jul 21, 2011

My 68 year old husband was diagnosed with A-Fib on June 15, put on coumadin and following that on June 25, taken to ER with chest pains and SOB (shortness of breath). He was diagnosed with pericarditis but his condition worsened quickly. On July 5th, he arrived at ER with taponade and needed an emergency peracentesis and removed a liter of fluid. A cardiac catherization confirmed constrictive pericarditis and he is now on 1800 mg. of ibupropen and colchicine. His cardiologist wants to give the medicine a chance to work as he feels surgery should be the absolute last resort. He says we need to wait another 8-12 weeks. He continues to have SOB and edema (controlled with Lasix) and is being closely monitored. I welcome comments from others who have or have had constrictive pericarditis. It is certainly not a common condition and if we need surgery, I want him to have the best possible surgeon. Thank you for any comments/suggestions/experiences you can share with us. We live in NH.



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Posted by @michellec78, Oct 5, 2011

My 29 year old husband has been diagnosed with constrictive pericarditis. He is on several of the same medications as your husband. His cardiologist has decided that having his pericardial sac taken off is his only option to get better. I am curious as to what course of treatment your husband has taken for his constrictive pericarditis. Did he ever have the surgery? I am looking to speak with anyone who has gone through this surgery.


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Posted by @bubba1977, Nov 29, 2011

hi my name is mike and i had it when i was 32 and now just turned 34. just curious what effects your husband had to his pericarditis. i am have bad retaining fliud issues. im on some pretty potent lasiks and other pills but it just dont seem to get better in the last year and a half. i am just curious what other people do to help this. im open for any suggestions. i also get winded real easy. im in wis . any feedback will help. thx mike

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