Pericarditis care at Mayo Clinic
Your Mayo Clinic care team
Mayo Clinic doctors trained in heart disease (cardiologists) and doctors trained in heart surgery (cardiovascular surgeons) evaluate and treat people with pericarditis. Your care team may also include imaging specialists (radiologists) and doctors trained in cardiac catheterization and a wide range of other specialties.
Mayo cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and other specialists work together to provide coordinated, comprehensive care. This collaborative approach means Mayo Clinic care providers can often evaluate you and develop a treatment plan within two or three days. Doctors and other care providers at Mayo Clinic provide care for you as a whole person. They take the time to get to know you and work with you to provide exactly the care you need.
Advanced diagnosis and treatments
Mayo team members study and use medical imaging techniques that can reduce the need for surgical procedures in some people. Mayo researchers pioneered the technique to remove and drain excess fluid from the pericardial cavity (pericardiocentesis).
Expertise and rankings
Mayo Clinic staff has extensive experience in diagnosis and treatment of pericardial diseases. Each year, doctors evaluate and treat more than 700 people with pericarditis.
The Pericardial Disease Clinic at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota has been the leader in developing the international group for pericardial disease and its database to better understand the natural history, optimal treatment and geographical variation of various pericardial diseases in the world.
Nationally recognized expertise
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, are ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester is ranked the No. 1 hospital in Minnesota, and the five-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2023-2024 "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings.
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.
Learn more about Mayo Clinic's cardiovascular medicine and cardiovascular surgery departments' expertise and rankings.
Mayo Clinic Children's Center
Highly skilled pediatric experts diagnose and treat all types of conditions in children. As a team, we work together to find answers, set goals and develop a treatment plan tailored to your child's needs.
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Locations, travel and lodging
Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.
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Costs and insurance
Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.
In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.
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