Learning to live with the effects of a heart attack: long-term drug therapy: anticoagulant drugs

THE PERICARDIUM

The pericardium is a sac surrounding the heart. It actually is two sacs, an inner one and an outer one, with a small amount of fluid between them to act as a lubricant. This allows the heart to beat with minimal friction.

The inner lining of the pericardium is a thin, moist membrane. The tough outer layer of the pericardial sac adheres to several areas in the chest cavity to anchor the heart in place.

Although the pericardium provides some support and lubrication for the heart, it is somewhat expendable ( like the appendix or gallbladder). You can get along without it if it should ever have to be removed surgically.

Heart disease takes many forms and varies widely in severity. Some cause a few nuisance problems. Many cause major changes in your life. Still others cause death.

Some people are born with heart disease, and in many it develops later. Most people detect warning symptoms, but for others, heart disease strikes without the slightest clue.

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