Can anyone give personal advice on having pericardial effusion? I finally came and got admitted to hospital Thursday night because my bp was 181/101 and I just couldn't breathe, I thought I had some inflammation around my lungs and that's why I didn't go in sooner, instead I tried to treat it at home with prednisone and pain meds, but it didn't work. So I am getting my fluid around heart drained Monday afternoon, they say it's at least 550ml. And then I should feel better. In the meantime I am getting high doses of steroids and LOTS of pain meds. Any thoughts/ personal information about what to expect would be great!!