Heart HQ – Episode 20: Pericarditis
Pericarditis is the swelling of the membrane around the heart.
It has had a lot of coverage in the media recently and has been identified as a possible, although very rare, side-effect of the MRNA Covid vaccines. You are, however, more likely to develop pericarditis as a result of Covid (11 people per 100,000) than as a result of the MRNA vaccine (2.7 people per 100,000).
We discuss a recent case study of acute pericarditis following a respiratory tract infection. We look at the symptoms of pericarditis, as well as things to look out for during diagnostic testing, complications, treatment and prognosis.
Show notes: Episode 20
- COVID-19 vaccination – Guidance on Myocarditis and Pericarditis after mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care
Further reading on HeartHQ
Further reading on LITFL
- Nickson C. Pericarditis. CCC LITFL
- Burns E, Buttner R. Pericarditis. ECG Library, LITFL
- Buttner R, Burns E. Myocarditis, ECG Library, LITFL
- Spodick sign and Pericarditis ECG stages with David H. Spodick
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BSc (Hons) MBBS FRACP FCSANZ. Stuart is an interventional cardiologist and structural heart specialist. He has a special interest in treating complex and previously untreatable coronary artery disease, and a passion for distal radial artery access for coronary angiography and stenting.
After completing his training in Brisbane and Perth with an interventional cardiology fellowship, he returned to paradise to take up cardiology consulting at various local hospitals and now is a director of HeartHQ.
MBBS (Hons) FRACP FCSANZ. Peter is a clinical and interventional cardiologist with various special interests including coronary angioplasty and stenting, endovascular procedures and structural heart interventions. He studied and trained in Queensland and completed a Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology and Vascular Diagnosis in Boston, MA.
Peter returned home to become Director of Cardiology at Sunshine Coast Hospital, before becoming a founding partner and managing director of HeartHQ