Pericarditis Recovery

Most patients with pericarditis recover quickly. When pericarditis is caused by a virus or when the cause is unknown, recovery usually takes one to three weeks. Infection, tuberculous, and cancer related pericarditis have longer recovery times or the condition can be long-term. Full recovery from pericarditis is most successful with rest and ongoing physician care.

Fast Facts:

  • Recovery takes longer if drainage is required to remove excess fluid around the pericardium (pericardiocentesis) or if the pericardium needs to be surgically removed (pericardiectomy).
  • The treatment for pericarditis depends on the cause.
  • Most patients take anti-inflammatory drugs or glucocorticoid medications for pain and are told to rest.
  • Pericarditis may be life-threatening if left untreated.
  • Pericarditis is a condition in which the membrane, or sac, around the heart is inflamed.