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  • The heart is surrounded by a flexible two-layered membrane called the pericardium.
  • Pericarditis is inflammation of the pericardium.
  • The symptoms are similar to those of heart attack and include chest pain and abnormal heart rhythms. 
  • The main types of pericarditis include viral and bacterial pericarditis, constrictive pericarditis, post-heart attack pericarditis, chronic effusive pericarditis and pericarditis following heart surgery.
  • Treatment can include medications, bed rest or rarely surgery.

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Reviewed on: 23-08-2020