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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 pericarditis, but also of a heart attack - go to the emergency room immediately.

Pericarditis Diagnosis

If screening tests or check-ups reveal abnormal results, your WellStar physician may perform further evaluations regarding pericarditis. Nevertheless, the majority of cases are diagnosed by history and physical examination.


  • Physical Examination
  • Chest X-rays
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Echocardiogram
  • Cardiac Stress Tests
  • Cardiac Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Coronary Catheterization or angiogram
  • Blood tests