I am Dr Tryzelaar and a retired cardio thoracic surgeon. After a life-long career in the treatment of heart diseases, I created this web site to help you with your cardiac disease questions. This is what you'll get:

 

 

 

 

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My father was recently hospitalized with a pericardial effusion and atrial fib/flutter with a rate of 160.  Rate was decreased over 24 hours to 110-115 on amiodarone and diltiazem.  His cardiologist wanted to perform a chemical stress test.  (He had a negative cardiac cath 2 years...
Good question, so why don’t you ask that cardiologists? When the pericardium becomes inflamed, the amount of fluid between the heart and the pericardium increases. This squeezes the heart and restricts its action and in his case, may have caused the AF/Flutter.  Btw CAD has not been...

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