How Long Does Pericarditis Last?

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Your doctor will review your medical history, especially any history of recent viral infection, heart attack, chest trauma, chest surgery, tuberculosis, kidney disease, rheumatic disease or collagen vascular disorder. Your doctor also will ask you to describe your chest pain, including its location, what triggers it (cough, swallowing, deep breath), how long it lasts and what relieves it.

Your doctor will examine you, using a stethoscope to listen for a characteristic grating,...

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