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    Fluid surrounding heart

    After a recent CT scan of my chest to monitor a nodule in my lung, I was informed by my Respiratory specialist that, incidentally, the scan revealed fluid around my heart.
    What should I do?
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    A pericardial effusion is excess fluid in the pericardium, the space between the heart muscle and the sac surrounding the heart. Sometimes this is not harmful, but on occasion it can make the heart work poorly. Very small effusions may be left untreated and monitored, and larger ones may need treatment. If you have any concerns or symptoms, you should see your GP for further assessment.

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