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Inflammation of the membrane or sac around the heart.
• Poor dialysis
• Acute illness
• Constant pain in the center of the chest
• Low blood pressure
• Irregular heart beat - typical heart sound: 'pericardial friction rub'
• Good dialysis
• Getting enough fluids
• Anti-inflammatory drugs
• Maybe surgery to relieve pressure in the sac that surrounds the heart
Your Role In Pericarditis Management
• Report any and all complaints of chest pain to the nurse right away.
• If a patient has chest pain before dialysis, do not start the treatment until the nurse has seen the patient.
• If a patient develops chest pain during a treatment, tell the nurse right away.
• Be sure that patients receive their full dialysis prescription.