Expertise and rankings

Experience

Mayo Clinic staff have extensive experience in diagnosis and treatment of pericardial diseases. Each year, doctors evaluate and treat nearly 700 people with pericarditis.

World-renowned expertise

The Pericardial Disease Clinic at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota has been the leader in developing the international consortium for pericardial disease and its database to better understand the natural history, optimal treatment and geographical variation of various pericardial diseases in the world.

Research

Mayo Clinic doctors conduct research in new diagnostic tests for pericarditis, including computerized tomography, nuclear imaging and magnetic resonance imaging. Mayo researchers pioneered a procedure to remove and drain the excess fluid from the pericardial cavity (pericardiocentesis), which has reduced complications related to the procedure. Mayo Clinic staff also conducts clinical trials.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., is ranked high performing among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Children's Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.

With Mayo Clinic's emphasis on collaborative care, specialists at each of the campuses — Minnesota, Arizona and Florida — interact very closely with colleagues at the other campuses and the Mayo Clinic Health System.

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