A 32-year-old member asked:
could a rib fracture affect the heart?
4 doctor answers
Dr. Marianna Post answered
16 years experience Family Medicine
Rarely: Most of the time no, but if in doubt, get x-ray and ECG
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Creighton Wright answered
55 years experience General Surgery
Not usually: With multiple anterior left ribs broken and flail it might? Uncommon.
Answered on May 17, 2013
Dr. Gerald Mandell answered
51 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Infrequent: A myocardial contusion is contusion (bruise) of the cardiac muscle (heart muscle). It is usually a consequence of blunt trauma to the anterior chest wall, and the right heart is thought to be most commonly affected because of anterior position. Usually, there are associated injuries such as sternal and/or rib fracture, .
Answered on Jun 24, 2017
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