Pericardial Disease

Total Volume

Pericardial Disease, Patient Volume

2014 — 2018

Pericardial disease includes a group of conditions that affect the pericardium — the double-layered sac that surrounds the heart. Cleveland Clinic's Center for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pericardial Disease serves patients with a variety of pericardial syndromes. Cleveland Clinic physicians manage the care of a large volume of patients with pericardial disease. In 2018, a total of 2665 patients, including 560 new patients, were seen in the center.

The multispecialty approach used at Cleveland Clinic involves cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, imaging specialists, and rheumatologists. This method of care provides each patient a plan of care that involves enhanced collaboration.

Pericardial Outpatient Clinic Volume, New Consult Patients, by Diagnosis

2018, N = 560

Cleveland Clinic treats patients with all types of pericardial disease. In the current reporting year, a total of 346 (62%) new patients seen at the pericardial disease center had acute, chronic or constrictive pericarditis.

Pericarditis Etiology

2018, N = 560

There are various causes of pericarditis. The condition is often idiopathic or related to a virus. In 2018, a total of 361 (65%) new patients at Cleveland Clinic had idiopathic or viral pericarditis.

ᵃcatheter ablation; coronary artery stent and cardiac electronic device placement

Pericardial Procedures, Volume and Type

2018, N = 304

The majority of pericardial procedures performed at Cleveland Clinic in 2018 were pericardiocentesis procedures. This percutaneous treatment is used to drain large pericardial effusions using an echo-guided approach. The echocardiography used during the procedure improves outcomes.