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What is thickened pericardial effusion?

What is (1) "Thickened pericardial effusion?  (2) "doppler evidence of diastolic relaxation abnormalities grade 1"?

submitted by Angeline from Manila, Philippines on 7/2/2013

George Younis, MDAnswer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, George Younis, MD  

A pericardial effusion is a fluid collection around the heart. Impaired diastolic relaxation is a mild stiffening of the heart that is commonly seen in patients over 50, especially with a history of high blood pressure.  It sounds like you need to discuss these findings with a cardiologist in person.

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Updated July 2013
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