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Cardiac Tamponade Definition

Definition

Cardiac tamponade occurs when fluid builds up between the heart muscle and the surrounding tissue (called the pericardium). This fluid compresses the heart. Because of this, enough blood cannot be pumped in and out of the heart.

This condition can be life-threatening. With proper treatment, prognosis is good. Cardiac tamponade can recur after treatment, though.

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