How to Tell if a Senior Has Pericarditis

Home Care Henderson NV Seniors with Pericarditis

Pericarditis is a condition that causes the protective sac around the heart to become inflamed. It can occur after an injury, such as from a car accident, or an illness, such as cancer. It can also happen after a heart attack or heart surgery. If your aging relative is ill or has had a recent heart attack or heart surgery, knowing more about pericarditis could help you to spot the signs.

 

An Overview of Pericarditis

Home Care Henderson NV Seniors with Pericarditis

Home Care Henderson NV Seniors with Pericarditis

The heart is surrounded by membrane called the pericardium. The purpose of the pericardium is to protect the heart from germs and keep it in place within the chest. It also lubricates the heart to keep it from rubbing against surrounding tissues.

The pericardium is made up of layers. If one of those layers becomes inflamed, it is called pericarditis. Fortunately, pericarditis is often mild and does not require treatment. However, it can be severe at times and require medication or surgery to cure.

There are potential complications associated with pericarditis. Sometimes fluid builds up in the pericardium and places pressure on the heart. That can keep the heart from filling with blood the way it should. Another complication that may occur when there is long-term inflammation is permanent thickening and scarring of the pericardium. The pericardium becomes stiff and does not allow the heart to beat properly.

Pericarditis Symptoms

 
Pericarditis is classified by the way symptoms come on. Acute pericarditis is when the symptoms happen suddenly and don’t last long. Chronic pericarditis is when symptoms come on gradually and last a long time. Symptoms of pericarditis include:
• Chest pain that feels sharp or stabbing. It happens in the center of the chest or on the left side and is generally worse when the person takes a breath.
• Feeling short of breath when lying down.
• Irregular heartbeat.
• Fever.
• Feeling weak, fatigued, or just generally ill.
• Coughing.
• Swelling in the abdomen or legs.

 

The chest pain associated with pericarditis could appear as though your aging relative is having a heart attack. Even if you think the pain is from pericarditis, call 911. Chest pain could signal a heart attack.

Home care can help watch for signs of pericarditis after a heart surgery or heart attack or during a serious illness, such as cancer. They can report symptoms to family caregivers. Or, if the senior experiences chest pain, the home care provider can call 911. Home care providers can also help to manage pericarditis by reminding the older adult to take their medication.

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care in Henderson, NV, please contact the caring staff at Compassion Crest Home Care.

 

Sources
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pericarditis/symptoms-causes/syc-20352510
https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/pericarditis/symptoms-and-diagnosis-of-pericarditis
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/193320.php
https://www.healthline.com/health/pericardium#function

 

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How to Tell if a Senior Has Pericarditis

Home Care Henderson NV Seniors with Pericarditis

Pericarditis is a condition that causes the protective sac around the heart to become inflamed. It can occur after an injury, such as from a car accident, or an illness, such as cancer. It can also happen after a heart attack or heart surgery. If your aging relative is ill or has had a recent heart attack or heart surgery, knowing more about pericarditis could help you to spot the signs.

 

An Overview of Pericarditis

Home Care Henderson NV Seniors with Pericarditis

Home Care Henderson NV Seniors with Pericarditis

The heart is surrounded by membrane called the pericardium. The purpose of the pericardium is to protect the heart from germs and keep it in place within the chest. It also lubricates the heart to keep it from rubbing against surrounding tissues.

The pericardium is made up of layers. If one of those layers becomes inflamed, it is called pericarditis. Fortunately, pericarditis is often mild and does not require treatment. However, it can be severe at times and require medication or surgery to cure.

There are potential complications associated with pericarditis. Sometimes fluid builds up in the pericardium and places pressure on the heart. That can keep the heart from filling with blood the way it should. Another complication that may occur when there is long-term inflammation is permanent thickening and scarring of the pericardium. The pericardium becomes stiff and does not allow the heart to beat properly.

Pericarditis Symptoms

 
Pericarditis is classified by the way symptoms come on. Acute pericarditis is when the symptoms happen suddenly and don’t last long. Chronic pericarditis is when symptoms come on gradually and last a long time. Symptoms of pericarditis include:
• Chest pain that feels sharp or stabbing. It happens in the center of the chest or on the left side and is generally worse when the person takes a breath.
• Feeling short of breath when lying down.
• Irregular heartbeat.
• Fever.
• Feeling weak, fatigued, or just generally ill.
• Coughing.
• Swelling in the abdomen or legs.

 

The chest pain associated with pericarditis could appear as though your aging relative is having a heart attack. Even if you think the pain is from pericarditis, call 911. Chest pain could signal a heart attack.

Home care can help watch for signs of pericarditis after a heart surgery or heart attack or during a serious illness, such as cancer. They can report symptoms to family caregivers. Or, if the senior experiences chest pain, the home care provider can call 911. Home care providers can also help to manage pericarditis by reminding the older adult to take their medication.

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care in Henderson, NV, please contact the caring staff at Compassion Crest Home Care.

 

Sources
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pericarditis/symptoms-causes/syc-20352510
https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/pericarditis/symptoms-and-diagnosis-of-pericarditis
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/193320.php
https://www.healthline.com/health/pericardium#function

 



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