Will pericarditis affect me in the long-term?

After you recover from pericarditis, you should be able to return to your normal activities without any reason for concern. Your doctor will talk to you about what to expect.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 05/03/2019.

References

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At Cleveland Clinic, we have a special center dedicated to the treatment of Pericarditis. To help people evaluate all available options for treating pericarditis, Cleveland Clinic's specialists have prepared a free downloadable Pericarditis Guide to help patients better understand their condition and their treatment options.

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