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How could a doctor treat a patient with broken ribs and a punctured heart due to a beating?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Surgery: Open heart surgery with direct patch repair ASAP.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Rib fx: Generally if one had a puncture of the heart that entered a ventricle surgical repair would be needed if the patient didn't bleed out at once. If the heart is lacerated that might not require a repair. Generally due to a beating a bruising of the heart would be more likely than a puncture if the patient is still alive.

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Last updated Jul 10, 2014

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