Pronounced: pair-e-kar-DI-tisEn Español (Spanish Version)
Pericarditis is an inflammation of the sac around the heart. In some cases, the inflammation may cause fluid to build up in the sac and make it difficult for the heart to move.
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Last reviewedDecember 2013by Kari Kassir, MD
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