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Friday, April 16, 2010 lovelight27, Community Member, asks

Q: Can having a pericardial effusion cause a heart attack?



 Last week after having a CT SCAN for abdominal pain, a pericardial effusion was found. They ran my cbc's twice and it returned normal, no infection or virus was detected at this time. I was monitored in the hospital for a few days. Since I've been out, I've been having heart attack symptoms, yet unsure if thats' what's really happening or is it just the symptoms of the pericardial effusion. I'm very scared, as I don't want damage to be happening to my heart, while I'm trying to figure out what's happening within me. I have another EKG scheduled on Mon Morning, yet I'm really not feeling well, and concerned this might be too late. I don't know if these symptoms are coming from fear or is it coming from my body telling me something is wrong. Please help!


Thank you,

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MonicaRD, Health Pro
4/16/10 9:49pm

Hi lovlight27,


Chest pain is a symptom of pericardial perfusion.  In your case, just because you are having chest pain that does not mean that you are having a heart attack. If you are having the symptoms of a heart attack (such as chest pain), to be certain about your diagnosis, I encourage you to go to the emergency room now.


Best of luck,

Monica M. Skimdore, MS, RD


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By lovelight27, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/26/10, First Published: 04/16/10