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Minister Crosetto, in good health

Vita gazete – The tests and monitoring to which the Minister of Defense Guido Crosetto was subjected highlighted mild pericarditis and the absence of cardiac damage,

Minister Crosetto was urgently hospitalized during the night following persistent pain since Monday morning. Crosetto showed up – alone and on foot – at the emergency room of San Carlo di Nancy, in the Aurelio neighbourhood of Rome, with severe chest pain. He was then taken into care by the hospital’s Heart Center, a specialized facility for cardiovascular checks and interventions.

Coronary angiography highlighted suspected pericarditis, which was then confirmed by subsequent tests. This is an inflammation of the pericardium membrane surrounding the heart. There were no liquid leaks between the membranes, which would have required immediate intervention. The pericarditis was mild. To treat it, anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, are usually used.

“The tests and monitoring to which Minister Guido Crosetto was subjected highlighted mild pericarditis and the absence of cardiac damage.” The announced this about the health conditions of the government representative, who defines “good”.

The ministry also announced that no heart damage of any kind has emerged and that the minister will soon undergo new tests “to ascertain the causes of the illness.”

What is pericarditis

Pericarditis, the cardiac inflammation that should cause the hospitalization of the Minister of Defense, Guido Crosetto, concerns the pericardium, the “sac” that surrounds and protects the heart, made up of two membranes separated by a skinny layer of liquid. The most common symptom is chest pain caused by contact between the irritated layers of the pericardium. Inflammation is usually caused by viral infections, which are treated with anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, colchicine, steroids), more rarely by bacteria, fungi or parasites. In rare cases, the origin is not infectious, as in uremic pericarditis for those suffering from renal failure or thyroid disease or neoplastic pericarditis, a complication of lung cancer, breast cancer, lymphoma or leukaemia. Timely diagnosis is critical to reducing the risk of long-term complications. Pericarditis can also appear following a heart attack, rheumatic fever, chest trauma or invasive procedures on the heart. If the fluid effusion is too abundant and compresses the heart, the patient is subjected to drainage through a catheter introduced between the pericardial membranes. Only in rare cases does pericardiectomy occur, a cardiac surgery to remove the pericardium.

 

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