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Monday, September 7, 2009

Pericarditis - Conditions Caused by Chronic Kidney Failure

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Inflammation of the membrane or sac around the heart.

     • Poor dialysis
     • Infection
     • Surgery
     • Acute illness
     • Constant pain in the center of the chest
    • Fever
     • Low blood pressure
     • Irregular heart beat - typical heart sound: 'pericardial friction rub'

• Good dialysis
• Getting enough fluids
• Anti-inflammatory drugs
• Anti-biotics
• 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.

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