European Guidelines on Pericardial Diseases: a Focused Review of Novel Aspects

Alexander Fardman, Philippe Charron, Massimo Imazio, Yehuda Adler*

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Abstract

Pericardial diseases are not uncommon in daily clinical practice. The spectrum of these syndromes includes acute and chronic pericarditis, pericardial effusion, constrictive pericarditis, congenital defects, and neoplasms. The extent of the high-quality evidence on pericardial diseases has expanded significantly since the first international guidelines on pericardial disease management were published by the European Society of Cardiology in 2004. The clinical practice guidelines provide a useful reference for physicians in selecting the best management strategy for an individual patient by summarizing the current state of knowledge in a particular field. The new clinical guidelines on the diagnosis and management of pericardial diseases that have been published by the European Society of Cardiology in 2015 represent such a tool and focus on assisting the physicians in their daily clinical practice. The aim of this review is to outline and emphasize the most clinically relevant new aspects of the current guidelines as compared with its previous version published in 2004.

Original languageEnglish
Article number46
JournalCurrent Cardiology Reports
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Clinical practice guidelines
  • Constrictive pericarditis
  • European Society of Cardiology
  • Pericardial effusion
  • Pericarditis

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