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Pericarditis can be an acute inflammation of the membrane which surrounds the heart, the pericardium. Infection, heart attack, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and chest injury can cause acute pericarditis. Chronic pericarditis may be caused by a long term infection. Symptoms include fever, nausea, shortness of breath, and chest pain that may be severe and sharp, or aching and overwhelming. Treatment options include treating the underlying causes, drugs such as analgesics and anti-inflammatories, surgery, making lifestyle changes, nutrition therapy, herbal therapy, and homoeopathy.

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