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Idiopathic pericarditis
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Date Joined Mar 2015
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   Posted 3/22/2015 1:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone
Just had a pericardial window 3 days ago Thursday March 19
Just wondering how everyone is doing now after there's I know it's been a few years for some if you but I'm also trying to find out as much info as I can since my hospital didn't give me any info on release how to care for myself or what to expect so anything will help.
Btw this was my first surgery!

Thanx yall

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Date Joined Jun 2015
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   Posted 6/25/2015 7:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Just had a pericardial window 8 days ago. I returned from Mexico at the end of January started exhibiting significant neck and headache pain temperature of 102.9 at which point I collapsed. Spent 6 days in hospital and told I had pneumonia but I never had any cough. Re admitted to hospital 2 days later in larger city where they suspected lung infarction kept 3 days told I had pneumonia still no cough. Headache n stiff neck continue to return. Started shortness of breath felt like elephant sitting on chest pain in left arm. Presented to hospital within 10 minutes of driving myself there my heart stopped. They performed CPR did an echo found larger halo around heart. Completed emergency pericardial window where they took out over 500 ccs of liquid. Was in icu for 4 days and 2 days regular floor. I have seen gi dr due to liver enzymes over 150. Elevated inflammatory markers. Gi sent me to rheumatoid for suspected lupus told nothing auto immune. Then sent to infectious disease dr. Last week between seeing rheumatoid dr and yesterday Id doctor is when pericardial effusion took place. Nails are experiencing fungal infection. No energy for 5 months perfectly healthy prior to cruise to Mexico. Any ideas????

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   Posted 6/25/2015 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
hi debela. welcome. staph infection? golden staph, (mersa) this is easy to catch in hospital. and usually does not come up for a little bit afterwards. have you been tested for hepatitis? hep( a) can be contracted by contaminated water, those that foods are washed in. was the halo caused by excessive fluid and everything that was going on? keep talking with ya doctors. sounds like you built up fluid quickly. did they give you lasiks or similar? pre and post?

hi idiopathic. no info on discharge? excuse this, but expletive me!! what's going on!!!! careful straining whilst using bowels. hands on lap, push but out and slowly push up. sitting, standing. wound care is vital. keep it clean. talk with your doc as each case is different. increasing exercise is a must. walking is the recommended method. as is a cardiac rehabilitation program. most hospitals run these, or check out ya health centre. they are excellent. food, exercise, nutrition, mental well being, etc, etc. plus you work out with other posties!! post ops. take care. welcome.

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