Cleveland Clinic Center for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pericardial Diseases is a multidisciplinary specialty treatment group dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of pericardial diseases—whether it is acute (develops suddenly), chronic (persistent) or recurrent (comes back). Pericardial disease includes a group of conditions that affect the pericardium, the double layered sac that surrounds the heart.
The Pericardial Center specializes in the treatment of patients with conditions affecting the pericardium. Click on the links below to learn more about physicians at the Cleveland Clinic who treat patients with pericardial disease.
What We Treat
The Pericardial Disease Team brings together clinicians that specialize in pericardial diseases. The team includes physicians and nurses from Cardiovascular Medicine, Rheumatology, Infectious Disease, Oncology, Radiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery with expertise in diagnostic testing, medical management and surgical procedures for patients with:
- All types of pericarditis
- Pericardial effusion
- Pericardial cyst
- Pericardial tamponade
- Pericardial constriction
- Pericardial abscess
- Pericardial tumors
Treatments & Procedures:
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The Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of Pericardial Diseases comprises a team of specialists from the Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute as well as other specialties, such as rheumatology and immunology, infectious disease and more.
Our Medical Team
Directors, The Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of Pericardial Diseases
Cardiovascular Medicine and Imaging
Imaging specialists use the latest imaging techniques, such as tissue Doppler imaging, color M-Mode Doppler, transesophageal echocardiography, MR and CT help to distinguish the specific type of pericarditis, detect complications of pericarditis, and determine the best treatment. This group of physicians will evaluate you and begin to develop your plan of care. They are all specialized to perform echo-guided pericardiocentesis.
- Allan Klein, MD
- Patrick Collier, MD, PhD
- Paul Cremer, MD
- Milind Desai, MD
- Brian Griffin, MD
- Richard Grimm, DO
- Christine Jellis MD, PhD
- Deborah Kwon, MD
- Dermot Phelan, MD, PhD
- Zoran Popovic, MD
- L. Leonardo Rodriguez, MD
- Maran Thamilarasan, MD
Cardiovascular Medicine, Section of Imaging, Specialized Testing
When MRI or CT is required to confirm a diagnosis, this group of physicians help to identify the best test to use and determine the results.
Cardiovascular Medicine, Heart Failure
When pericardial conditions are caused by poor heart function, or cause heart failure, these specialists provide treatment strategies to improve heart muscle function and prevent further progression.
Cardiovascular Medicine, Hemodynamic Diagnostics
In some cases, specialized cardiac catheterization hemodynamic measurements with dual chamber catheters and respirometer are needed to pinpoint the diagnosis and target treatment.
Surgical procedures for pericardial disease include pericardiectomy, percutaneous balloon pericardiotomy, pericardial window, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS).
- Douglas Johnston, MD
- Gosta Pettersson, MD, PhD
- Nicholas Smedira, MD
- Edward Soltesz, MD
- Shinya Unai, MD
Other specialties are often needed to assist in confirming a diagnosis or treating an underlying or associated condition. These medical professionals are experts in their field and have a particular specialty interest in the treatment of pericardial diseases.
Rheumatologic and Immunologic Disease
- Soumya Chatterjee, MD, MS, FRCP
- Carmen Gota, MD
- Rula Hajj-Ali, MD
- Elaine Husni, MD, MPH
- Linda M. Mileti, MD
- Alexandra Villa-Forte, MD, MPH
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What to Expect
Whether you are coming from around the corner or around the world, you want to know what to expect before, during and after your visit with us. If you have any questions while reviewing this information, please contact us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.
Before your appointment
If you are scheduled at least one week away, you will be asked to send your records, including medical history, test results and films (e.g., echocardiogram, chest X-ray, MRI or CT). All information should be sent in the same package clearly marked with your name and address via Airborne Express, Federal Express or certified U.S. mail (including your tracking number) to the physician with whom you have an appointment.
Send your records to:
9500 Euclid Avenue - Desk J1 - 5
Cleveland, OH 44195
If you are scheduled less than one week out, please bring your records to your appointment.
Traveling to Cleveland Clinic
When you make your appointment, we would like to make traveling to Cleveland Clinic as easy as possible. Information on travel to the Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute.
During your appointment
You will meet with a nurse who will collect your information, and begin the documentation process.
Depending on the specific type of pericardial disease, you may be sent for specialized blood tests and imaging tests (electrocardiogram, comprehensive transthoracic echocardiogram, transesophageal echocardiogram, cardiac MR and multidetector CT scanning). All imaging tests will be interpreted by imaging specialists within the Center for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pericardial Diseases. Some patients will also be scheduled for a specialized cardiac catheterization which will be performed by a hemodynamic diagnostic specialist with the Center.
You will meet with your Center cardiologist who will review your records, take your medical history, perform a physical exam, and advise on consultations with other specialists (e.g., cardiac and thoracic surgeons, infectious disease specialists, rheumatologists, and/or oncologists) within the Center as needed. If you need to meet with one of the multidisciplinary specialists, they will be consulted within one to two days. The Center for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pericardial Diseases Cardiologist will provide you with a diagnosis and plan of care.
How long will you need to stay at Cleveland Clinic?
To complete all testing, you will need to stay in the Cleveland area for 1 to 2 days.
After your visit
Most follow-up will be done in six months to one year, or as needed. There is an opportunity for telephone follow-up as well.
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