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Signs and Symptoms

Most Common Symptom


Sharp, Stabbing Chest Pain

The most common symptom of pericarditis is sharp, stabbing chest pain beneath the breastbone or in the left side of your chest. The pain may move into your left shoulder and neck. It may be exacerbated by a deep breath, coughing or lying down. Sitting forward occasionally relieves the pain.

Other Symptoms

Other symptoms may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Overall weakness and fatigue
  • Swollen ankles and feet
  • Dry cough
  • Anxiety

Contact Information

Cardiovascular Medicine
Division of the CardioVascular Institute
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617-667-8800

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