Massive Chest Pain May Not Be Heart Attack

Massive chest pain that feels like a heart attack might be something else:  acute pericarditis, a potentially life-threatening inflammation of the sac around the heart that causes the sac to become hardened and thickened — or possibly a more serious condition called constrictive pericarditis, in which the heart feels as if it’s being strangled. These … Read More

Radiation Can Cause Heart Issues—Years Later (Video)

One of the most common treatments for cancerous tumors is therapeutic radiation, which can be very effective and even life-saving. However, doctors are now recognizing that when patients receive radiation to the chest, cardiac issues can sometimes occur as a result — often years or decades later. In this video, Bruce Lytle, MD, chairman of … Read More

Pericardial Disease: New Imaging Map Speeds Care

When you have pericardial disease you might experience symptoms like chest pains that mimic other diseases. Now, an imaging “road map” guiding diagnosis helps clinicians pinpoint the cause of the illness and treat it appropriately. If the road map shows severe inflammation, the proper medications can be used to alleviate the symptoms. A new, highly … Read More