Pericarditis - pounding heart

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Date Joined Aug 2014
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   Posted 2/19/2015 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   

I posted a couple months about my pounding heartbeat and pain/pressure that comes and goes. Well it hasn't gotten any better but I do have some more answers. I saw a new cardiologist recently and he believes its pericarditis caused by one or more of the viruses that I had.

Is a pounding heart beat a typical symptoms of pericarditis? I also get pressure and pain that comes and goes. I've almost gotten used to it since it's been almost a year since it all started, but it's still very annoying and concerning.

He has recommended magnesium and/or Aleve to try do reduce inflammation. I see him again next week to discuss if we should do further testing.

In the meantime, I've found out that pericarditis can also be autoimmune. I'm worried that the viruses may have triggered some sort of autoimmune problem and that's the reason I'm still not better after all this time. I'll ask the cardio at my next appointment.

Has anyone had a similar experience?

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Date Joined May 2014
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   Posted 2/24/2015 1:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Curious if you have had any tests that have proven you do have Pericarditis? The only reason I ask is because I am trying to still figure out if I have it and no tests I took showed anything but I have been struggling almost a whole year now since I had a viral illness and low fever and exercised a lot during the initial first week of my illness ( had a low fever one day when I was not teaching classes but I had noticed feeling bad the day before after I had finished teaching a class at the gym). I have had some noticeable heart pounding feelings at times or a hyper-awareness of my heart and occasionally have noticed a feeling of palpitations. I haven't had any tests done in months but my symptoms seem worse and I just saw my regular Dr. again Friday but I think he doesn't know what to do and also thinks I just have anxiety. But anxiety is not a constant and whatever is going on is very consistent.

Curious if you have any other noticeable symptoms? Do you exercise now and does that bother you at all?

I am pretty sure if you have something autimmune like Lupus you are more suceptible to Pericardtis due to the nature of the disease if you read about that, but my best guess is that you shouldn't be worrying that Pericarditis is causing some sort of autoimmune problem. Definitely can ask your Dr, but I am guessing no. I believe viral Pericardits is the most common way people get inflammation from what I have read although there are several types. Cleveland Clinic has a good bit of information if you want to do reading on it. I freaked myself out a lot reading too much though in the beginning of all this.

Keep us posted on what the Dr. says at your follow-up and if you have any tests done. I am curious to know.
Best wishes,


mz worrier
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Date Joined Feb 2015
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   Posted 3/7/2015 1:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Amber ,
I'm curious to know if you ever followed up with your doctor. I'm going through a similar situation trying to figure out the reason behind my chest pain.

I was diagnosed with costochondritis "chest wall pain" after I had bronchitis.
The bronchitis was treated with antibiotics but the chest pain remains.

I've had (3) ekgs my doc said all were normal, and a full blood work up on my heart.

What makes me think this could be something else it's more comfortable for me to sit leaning forward and a pounding heartbeat.I'm totally clueless .

My doc had the same reaction ; saying it's just anxiety and the er thought I was having a panic attack. I'm waiting to receive my hoilster moniter.

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   Posted 4/4/2015 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,

I have had so many bouts of pericarditis (since 2009) I have lost count! Ibuprofen, colchicine and prednisone - prescribed independently, or in different combinations. Unfortunately, I was returned to work too soon; as a flight attendant. By the end of the flight I had trouble making announcements. Eventually, I had to quit a job I loved at 52. Now I work part time for $12/hr.
I have not felt energetic since the first occurrence. I used to cycle 70kms a day - now I can manage 15,000 steps at a slow pace.
Unfortunately, symptoms seem to be unique to each one of us. I know that I have a flare up when I wake up after 4-5 hrs of sleep; spend 15 mins chest bent forward, then the rest of the night semi-sitting with 5 pillows. Including laboured breathing. Not conducive to a good night's sleep. Also what appears to be unique, I can count my heartbeats without taking my pulse or the use of a stethoscope.
Every time the EKG is normal, and if the cardiologist is not top notch - they cannot "hear the rubbing" however the echo proves it.
Now it appears my pericardium has been affected. The new cardiologist seemed sympathetic - but when I called after a couple of weeks, saying the symptoms were increasing as the medication dosage was decreasing - she said to call my GP!! No GP wants to deal with pericarditis.
She said I might eventually need to have the pericardium removed to avoid heart failure. I have witnessed my father have 4 congestive heart failures - not a pretty sight.
So if you are diagnosed with a FIRST pericarditis - YOU MUST insist on having an echocardiogram before returning to regular activities. A second flare up may lead very quickly to a chronic situation!!!
Has anyone tried anti-inflammatory diets?
Can poor kidney function be a cause?
Are diuretics helpful?
Help....I'm getting discouraged!

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Date Joined Mar 2014
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   Posted 4/10/2015 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,

I have had many bouts of pericarditis initially diagnosed thanks to pericardial effusion visible on Xray.

In the past I also had noticed that I could feel my heartbeats perhaps due to some rubbing?

During flareups I have exercise intolerance - difficulty walking and high heartrate (120) which slows back down to normal with some bedrest.

My symptoms do increase when medication dose is decreasing.
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