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If you experience shortness of breath and fatigue with a low-grade fever and dry cough, call your WellStar physician. If you experience severe chest pain – a common symptom of pericardial effusion but also of a heart attack – go to the emergency room immediately.

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Cardiac Care at WellStar


WellStar provides top-flight Cardiac Care throughout its physicians’ offices, urgent care centers and emergency rooms. Emergency departments at WellStar Cobb, WellStar Douglas, WellStar Kennestone, and WellStar Paulding hospitals provide comprehensive cardiac services.

WellStar Cobb and WellStar Kennestone hospitals’ cardiac diagnostic and treatment services provide the next level of defense against heart disease. The technologically advanced Cardiac Center at WellStar Kennestone Hospital and partnership with Emory Healthcare for adult open-heart surgery raises the bar on world-class cardiac care. WellStar’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Services’ medically supervised programs focus on helping heart disease patients maintain a healthier heart through education and support groups.

 

Cardiac Care at WellStar


Proper care and treatment of pericardial effusion can often improve symptoms and help you live longer. You and your WellStar physician can work together to make your life more comfortable, so pay close attention to your body and your post-treatment regiment and keep your doctor updated.

As part of your post-treatment care and in addition to maintaining a healthy diet and exercise, you should:

  • Seek prompt medical attention when symptoms increase in severity
  • Keep track of all medications you take. Keep track of your weight and blood pressure
  • Write down your questions, and never be afraid to ask your WellStar physicians for clarification regarding your condition or your treatment​

 

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