Cardiac/pericardial tamponade is when the pericardial sac fills with fluid from infection or trauma. This project is a model of how the heart has a hard time filling with blood due to the fluid in the pericardial sac. The blue bowl is the pericardial sac, the water represents the fluid, and the green balloons represent the heart. One breath was used to fill the balloons, and one was blown up in the water to replicate the pressure the fluid puts on the heart. Notice the size difference between the hearts (the smaller one is the one suffering from cardiac tamponade). This project was done by Monique Villines and Becca Gerke.