New Medications May Stop Your Recurrent Pericarditis

New medications may provide new options for pericarditis patients, including those in their teens. A common cause of chest pain in young patients, pericarditis is an inflammation of the sac or lining of the heart. Recurrent pericarditis can occur in up to 30 percent of pericarditis patients. Some patients don’t respond well to traditional medications … Read More

“Out of This World” Findings from 2014 Cardiology Expo

The 63rd annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology brought together leading experts in cardiovascular medicine. The result was a heady mix of promising new medications, old medications revisited, and links found between dietary conditions, unusual lifestyle factors and heart disease. 1. New generation cholesterol lowering drug PCSK9 inhibitors are the new potential game … Read More

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Old Gout Drug Could Help Your Heart, Hurt Your Wallet

A decades-old medication used to treat gout has taken on a new life in preventing multiple episodes (greater than 2) of recurrent pericarditis. But with its new name comes a hefty price increase. Attendees at the American College of Cardiology’s 63rd Annual Scientific Session and Expo heard a report on the CORP-2 trials. The trials … Read More

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

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): Not Just a Joint Disease

Contributor: Qingping Yao, MD, PhD Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an ongoing inflammatory autoimmune disease that primarily affects the small joints. In patients with an autoimmune disorder, the immune system can’t tell the difference between healthy body tissue and antigens. The result is an immune response that destroys normal body tissues. RA causes joint pain, pain … Read More

Pericarditis and Pericardial Condition Web Chat today

Many people have a condition called pericarditis – or may have other conditions such as infections, cysts, or effusions affecting the pericardium. Cardiologist Dr. Klein and Heart Surgeon Dr. Johnston will be answering questions about this topic today at noon (EST). Register now and begin to ask questions. They will be answered at 12 noon … Read More

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When Should You Have Surgery for Pericarditis?

Last week we hosted a web chat on pericardial disease.  During the chat, Dr. Johnston answered the question:  When should you have surgery for pericarditis? More questions and answers are posted in the transcript of the Pericardial Disease Webchat hosted by  Dr. Klein and Dr. Johnston.