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The pericardium, which surrounds the heart, provides a unique enclosed volume and a site for the delivery of agents to the heart and coronary arteries. While strategies for targeting the delivery of therapeutics to the heart are lacking, various technologies and nanodelivery approaches are emerging as promising methods for site specific delivery to increase therapeutic myocardial retention, efficacy, and bioactivity, while decreasing undesired systemic effects. Here, we provide a literature review of various approaches for intrapericardial delivery of agents. Emphasis is given to sustained delivery approaches (pumps and catheters) and localized release (patches, drug eluting stents, and support devices and meshes). Further, minimally invasive access techniques, pericardial access devices, pericardial washout and fluid analysis, as well as therapeutic and cell delivery vehicles are presented. Finally, several promising new therapeutic targets to treat heart diseases are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)222-232
Number of pages11
JournalAdvanced Drug Delivery Reviews
StatePublished - Nov 1 2019


  • Local
  • Pericardial access devices
  • Pericardial delivery
  • Pericardium
  • Therapeutic and cell delivery vehicles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmaceutical Science


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