pericarditis

Treat Pericarditis Naturally

When the pericardium, the sack surrounding your heart, becomes inflamed this is known as pericarditis. Most people will experience acute, sudden onset pericarditis at some point in their life as getting the flu or even just a cold, can often cause it. Most cases are mild and don’t require treatment, while others may require hospitalization. If it persists other complications such as cadiac tampnade and pericardial effusion can occur, both of which can be life-threatening and may require surgery to repair.

 

How do I know if I have Pericarditis?

  • Stabbing pain in the left side of the chest
  • Pain worsens when laying down or breathing deeply
  • Low-grade fever
  • Muscle pain
  • Cough
  • Fatigue

Seek medical care if you experience:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Congestion in the lungs
  • Abdominal swelling

 

How can I prevent Pericarditis?

You cannot prevent acute pericarditis as it is caused by everything from injury to the flu. However, you can prevent relapses and chronic pericarditis by:

  • Getting prompt treatment
  • Following your treatment plan
  • Seeing your doctor regularly

 

How can I treat Pericarditis?

  • Follow a low-salt diet if your pericarditis is constrictive.
  • Avoid foods that weaken the immune system such as saturated fats, alcohol and processed sugars.
  • CoQ10 is an excellent supplement to take for heart health.
  • Vitamin E helps to thin blood and promote heart health.
  • Magnesium helps the heart function efficiently and may lower blood pressure.
  • Eat some pineapple. It contains bromeliad which helps fight inflammation.
  • Fish oil capsules also help fight off inflammation.
  • Hawthorn can be drunk as a tea or taken in capsule form to help treat heart problems.
  • Garlic helps to fight bacteria and viruses naturally.
  • Boost your immune system by taking echinacea, goldenseal and andrographis; those with autoimmune diseases should speak to their doctor first.
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