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    diving with pericardiatitus

    G'day,
    I have a close mate that recently had a bout of pericardiatitus and was prescribed Colchicine (Gout meds) for 6 months.
    His doctor told him that he is fine to dive- with the condition and whilst on the meds.
    I wish to ask someone specialised in diving medicine, as I find it hard ot believe that he is fine to dive, as the doctor then told him, no heavy exercise for 6 months.
    Now I'm not saying I know more than a cardio specialist, but, no one is an expert on all fields of their chosen occupation, and I have witnessed doctors diving on meds, then a diving specialised doc say to them , "you idiot, you cant dive whilst on those" and their reply "Im a GP I know hwat I'm doing"
    the intended dives are in the no stop 40m range if that makes any difference

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    Re: diving with pericardiatitus

    I'm a CCR/Technical diving instructor and a cardiologist. Pericarditis can be caused by a variety of things. Most commonly it is a viral inflammation of the lining around the heart (though there are a number of other causes). In some cases, colchicine is used to decrease inflammation in this condition though it is usually uses (at least here in the States) after failing a course on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

    Just like there are different causes of the disorder, different people respond differently to treatment. There is not a lot of information on pericariditis in diving. In fact, the textbook Diving Medicine by cardiologist Alfred Bove, MD doesn't event mention it in the Cardiac chapter of the book.

    Given the very limited information available both about your friend and diving with pericarditis, my personal recommendation would be to avoid diving or any other exercise for several weeks and then slowly increase physical activities topside. Once exercise tolerance has returned to normal and he is having no symptoms related to the pericarditis, then consider returning to diving.

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    Re: diving with pericardiatitus

    I'm certainly no doctor but I had pericarditis and myocarditis and I definately wouldn't dive whilst I had it. Mind you I was off work for 3 months and then had light duties for a further 3 months.
    After treadmill tests, ECG's and more blood tests than I care to remember (butchers!) I was given the all clear.

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