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  • Your heart is surrounded by a protective fluid-filled sac called the pericardium.
  • Pericarditis is inflammation of the pericardium.
  • The symptoms of pericarditis are similar to those of a heart attack and can include chest pain, palpitations, and shortness of breath..
  • The most common cause of pericarditis is a viral or bacterial infection.
  • Treatment can include rest, medicines, and in rare cases, surgery.

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Reviewed on: 06-09-2022