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Pericarditis and Pericardial disorders
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Allan Klein, MD

  • Director, Center for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pericardial Diseases

The pericardium is a thin, two-layered, fluid-filled sac that covers the outer surface of the heart. It shields the heart from infection or malignancy and contains the heart in the chest wall. It also prevents the heart from over-expanding when blood volume increases, which keeps the heart functioning efficiently. Take this opportunity to have your questions on Pericarditis answered by Director of the Center for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pericardial Diseases Allan Klein, MD.

Pericarditis is an inflammation of the pericardium, which is a thin, two-layered, fluid-filled sac that covers the outer surface of the heart Pericarditis develops suddenly and may last up to several months. Sometimes excess fluid develops in the space between the pericardial layers and causes a pericardial effusion, a potentially life threatening condition.

Cleveland Clinic Center for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pericardial Diseases is a multidisciplinary specialty treatment group dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of pericardial diseases—whether it is acute (develops suddenly), chronic (persistent) or recurrent (comes back). Pericardial disease includes a group of conditions that affect the pericardium, the double layered sac that surrounds the heart.

Allan Klein, MD, is the Director of Cardiovascular Imaging Research, Director of the Center for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pericardial Diseases, and a staff cardiologist in the Section of Cardiovascular Imaging, the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, at the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. He is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine. His specialty interests include cardiovascular imaging (echocardiography, cardiac MR and computed tomography); pericardial diseases; restrictive cardiomyopathies; valvular heart disease; atrial fibrillation; and diastolic heart failure.

A Canadian by birth, Dr. Klein speaks fluent French and English. He received his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec after completing an undergraduate degree in microbiology and immunology, graduating with honors. While in medical school, he received several scholarships and graduated in the top 10 percent of his class. Dr. Klein completed his clinical training at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. He completed a Cardiology Residency from the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and a Research Fellowship from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He was appointed to Cleveland Clinic in 1989.

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