Pericarditis is the swelling of the membrane around the heart.
It has had quite a lot of coverage in the media lately as it has been identified as a possible, although very rare, side-effect of the MRNA Covid vaccines. You are, however, more likely to develop pericarditis as a result of Covid (11 people per 100,000) than as a result of the MRNA vaccine (2.7 people per 100,000).
In this episode, Peter and Stuart discuss a recent case study who presented at Heart HQ with acute pericarditis after a respiratory tract infection. They explain the symptoms of pericarditis, what to look for during diagnostic testing, complications, treatment and prognosis.
You can listen to the episode here.
Find the ATAGI guidelines on myocarditis and pericarditis after mRNA COVID-19 vaccines here.
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