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81 year old male with circilation problem's has been sent

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81 year old male with circilation problem's has been sent home from e/r. and told has fuild around heart. Is this life threating.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. RK replied 6 years ago.
Dear customer,

did you have the chest x-ray, ct scan or 2d echo of the heart done?
any difficiulty in breathing?
do you take any drugs?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

having one tomorrow

Having trouble breathing-can't lay down because of the pain.

Woofrine, has pacemaker, and fluid tablets

Worried for my dad

Expert:  Dr. RK replied 6 years ago.
Dear customer,

The abnormal fluid around the heart is known as pericardial effusion.If it is present in large amount then it could be life threatening causing cardiac tamponade.

Since he is already having pacemaker and taking fluid tablets it seems that his heart is compromised.

You should have the ct scan, 2d echo of the heart done after consulting doctor/cardiologist to know the extent of effusion.The fluid may be required to tapped if in large amount.

Here is the link for more information

treatment of pericardial effusion

Let me know if you have any doubt.

thank you
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