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Pericardial strip
Paul99999 posted:
I am wondering if it is possible for the heart to shift and rub against the chest wall after a pericardial strip? The procedure took place 8 years ago and I am beginning to get pains that feel like a chest wall rub.
CardiostarUSA1 responded:

"Wondering if it is possible"

Anything medical is seemingly possible today, especially if one has undergone a procedure, such as a pericardiectomy or pericardial stripping, the surgical removal of all (radical pericardiectomy), or part of the thin membranous sac (pericardium) that surrounds/protects the heart and holds it in its appropriate position.

Beyond pericardium stripping, noteworthy, sometimes, symptoms, such as chest pain, in particular, from mitral valve prolapse, or in the general population, common palpitations (irregular heartbeat), can occur, even more so, when one is lying on the left side, as the heart is brought closer to the chest wall.

Also as reported, the heart can change position/shift in the chest cavity during conditions such as pregnancy, or after removal of a lung, though reportedly with no real effect on heart function.

"Am beginning to get pains that......"

ALWAYS be proactive in your health care and treatment. MOST IMPORTANT, communicate/interact well with your doctor(s). Best of luck down the road of life.

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About the Pericardium

The pericardium encloses the heart and the base of the great vessels of the heart (aorta, vena cava, pulmonary artery and pulmonary vein). It is composed of two layers.

The visceral layer is attached to the heart surface and then folds back on itself to form the parietal layer. This forms a small space that normally contains a small amount of fluid (pericardial fluid), anywhere from 10 ml-50 ml.




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