Acute Pericarditis


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.

What is Acute Pericarditis?

Acute pericarditis is an inflammation of the pericardium, the membrane surrounding the heart.

Auscultation of Acute Pericarditis

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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.

Acute Pericarditis Audio Recordings

Sitting leaning forward
acute pericarditis phonocardiogram

Listening Tips
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S1: Rubbing, scratchy sound.
Systole: Rubbing, scratchy sound, usually loudest during systole.
S2: Rubbing, scratchy sound.
Diastole: Rubbing, scratchy sound.