Welcome to the acute pericarditis page. On this page we provide a definition, sample heart sounds and links to the training lessons available on this site.
Acute pericarditis is an inflammation of the pericardium, the membrane surrounding the heart.
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Diagnostic tests for acute pericarditis include auscultation, blood tests, EKG, echocardiogram, chest x-ray, CT or MRI.
In the simulated recording below, acute pericarditis has been auscultated at Erb's Point.
Murmurs are caused by turbulent blood flow across incompetent or stenonic valves.
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