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. If necessary, people are also evaluated and managed by imaging specialists (radiologists) and doctors trained in cardiac catheterization, rheumatology, infectious diseases, pulmonary medicine, immunology, oncology and cardiothoracic surgery.

Having all this expertise in a single place means that your care is discussed among the team, test results are available quickly, appointments are scheduled in coordination and the most highly specialized heart experts in the world are all working together for your health.

Advanced diagnosis and treatments

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

Mayo team members study and use medical imaging techniques that can reduce the need for surgical procedures in some people. If surgery is necessary, Mayo researchers pioneered a procedure to remove and drain the excess fluid from the pericardial cavity (pericardiocentesis).

Mayo Clinic staff also performs pericardiectomies on more than 100 people each year. During a pericardiectomy, the entire pericardium is removed. This surgery is considered high risk but is generally safe when performed by experienced surgeons.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked 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.

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., Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked 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.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's cardiovascular diseases and cardiac surgery departments' expertise and rankings.

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

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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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