Pericardial Disease

Total Volume

Pericardial Disease Patient Volume

2013 – 2017

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. The multispecialty approach used at Cleveland Clinic involves cardiologists, surgeons, and imaging specialists. This method provides enhanced collaboration to each patient to manage their care.

Cleveland Clinic physicians manage the care of a large volume of patients with pericardial disease. In 2017, a total of 2410 were seen, including 503 new patients.

Pericardial Outpatient Clinic Volume, New Consult Patients, by Diagnosis

N = 503

Cleveland Clinic treats patients with all types of pericardial disease. In 2017, a total of 207 new patients seen in Cleveland Clinic’s pericardial disease outpatient clinic had pericardial effusion.

Pericarditis Etiology


There are various causes for pericarditis. The condition is often idiopathic or related to a virus, and can also be associated with an autoimmune disorder or occur after a cardiac procedure/surgery. In 2017, a total of 278 new/consult patients at the Cleveland Clinic had idiopathic or viral pericarditis.

ᵃcatheter ablation; coronary artery stent and cardiac electronic device placement