Self-management

Lifestyle and home remedies

For most mild cases of pericarditis, rest and over-the-counter pain medications — taken under your doctor's direction — may be all that's needed. While you recuperate, avoid rigorous physical activity. Strenuous activity can trigger pericarditis symptoms. Ask your doctor how long you need to take it easy.

June 16, 2017
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