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Description: This 3D medical animation depicts cardiac tamponade, a serious, acute medical condition where blood or other fluid fills the pericardial sac placing great pressure on the heart muscles. Without intervention, this condition can lead to the heart muscles compressing and stopping. Relief of cardiac tamponade requires pericardiocentesis, where a needle is carefully inserted into the pericardial cavity and the fluid surrounding the heart is aspirated (sucked out).

Last Updated: Jan 20th, 2019