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I have written before regarding my 45 year old husband who had surgery in August for constrictive pericarditis & is now suffering with congestive heart failure (Class IV).
My concern now is that he has a lot of pain in the jugular veins area on each side of his neck (worse on the left side.) Lately this pain is so throbbing that he also develops a head ache by day's end. Is not this dangerous? What exactly does it mean & is there any
treatment for that symptom?
The heart failure can cause backing up of blood and lead to distension of the neck veins, as could a recurrence of the constrictive pericarditis. Sometimes blood clots in the veins can also lead to this situation. It would be best to sort out which, if any, of these causes may be responsible and then focus on treating the underlying cause - your cardiologist should be able to try to do this.
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