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  • What is pericarditis?
  • Pericarditis is a condition in which the fluid-filled sac around the heart becomes inflamed. In most cases, pericarditis goes away after treatment (acute pericarditis) but in some patients, pericarditis can return (chronic or recurrent pericarditis). While most cases of pericarditis are mild and may even go away on their own, some severe cases of pericarditis can be life threatening. Seeking immediate treatment for pericarditis can greatly improve outcomes.
  • What are the symptoms of pericarditis?
  • Chest pain is the most common symptom of pericarditis. Additional symptoms may include fever, chills or sweating, difficulty breathing when lying down, dry cough, fatigue, anxiety and ankle, feet or leg swelling.
  • What is cardiac resynchronization therapy?
  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is often used in patients with moderate to severe heart failure who have arrhythmia, the most common type of irregular heartbeat. Patients undergoing CRT have a small pacemaker implanted in their chest, which monitors the heart rate and corrects any abnormal heart rhythms. CRT has been shown to alleviate heart failure symptoms, including shortness of breath, and improve outcomes.
  • What are muscle-strengthening activities?
  • Muscle-strengthening activities are an important part of physical activity. Current guidelines recommend that adults of all ages get at least two days a week of muscle-strengthening activities, such as lifting weights, working with resistance bands and doing sit-ups. Heavy gardening (digging, shoveling, etc) and yoga are also considered muscle-strengthening activities, which can boost heart health.
  • Why are some clinical trials ended early
  • In some cases, clinical trials may be terminated due to safety concerns, a lack of efficacy, or both. If a clinical trial is testing a new drug and the drug either increases risk of negative outcomes or doesn’t demonstrate the intended benefit, the study will be ended early.

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