I've recently been diagnosed with constrictive pericarditis and am due to have a pericardiectomy (pending another Echo and Cardiac MRI) here in the UK within the next 3 months at the Heart Hospital in London. I have to be honest, from reading previous posts my symptoms seem a lot less than others. I do get SOB with any exercise etc. and have quite a lot of fluid retention particularly in my legs and ankles. It would be interesting to hear from others as to what to expect from the op. I would especially like to hear from anyone with a UK perspective on the treatment etc. I've been told I'm going to a world class hospital with some of the most experienced staff in the world.