my husband is 49, he recently had some numbness in his back and the right side of his chest. He also has an air bubble(?) in his abdomen. his doc is an DO. should we get a cardiologist?
The pericardium is the sac-like covering of the heart. I recommend discussing a referral to a cardiologist with his current physician.
All the best,
Lisa Nelson RD
Heart Healthy Tips
Why does this happen? Is there an immediate risk?
One possible cause of the pericardium thickening is infection (pericarditis). You can read more about it here to see if that applies to the situation - http://www.healthcentral.com/heart-disease/guide-154639-75.html
As far as the risk of having an enlarged pericardium - I'm not able to answer that question. Maybe someone else will chime in or consider contacting his physician.