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normal heart, a thin layer called the pericardium surrounds and protects the
heart. There is a small amount of fluid between the pericardium and the heart.
This fluid helps cushion the heart.
sometimes too much fluid builds up in this space around the heart. This is
called pericardial effusion. This extra fluid puts pressure on the heart and
can cause chest pain and serious heart problems.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, ElectrophysiologySpecialist Medical ReviewerStephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
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