Dressler syndrome (DS) or post-acute myocardial infarction syndrome refers to delayed immune-mediated or secondary pericarditis developing weeks to months after a myocardial infarction. Dressler's syndrome is a type of pericarditis — inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart (pericardium). Dressler's syndrome is believed to be an immune system response after damage to heart tissue or to the pericardium, from events such as a heart attack, surgery or traumatic injury. Symptoms include chest pain, which may be similar to chest pain experienced during a heart attack.
Symptoms are likely to appear weeks to months after a heart attack, surgery or injury to the chest. Symptoms might include: • Chest pain • Fever The goals are to manage pain and reduce inflammation. Your doctor might recommend over-the-counter medications, such as: Aspirin, Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) • Naproxen (Aleve)