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Could a rib fracture affect the heart?

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Dr. Marianna Post
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Rarely: Most of the time no, but if in doubt, get x-ray and ECG
Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Not usually: With multiple anterior left ribs broken and flail it might? Uncommon.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 53 years experience
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, .
Dr. Nir Hus
Dr. Nir Husanswered
General Surgery 17 years experience
Rib and heart : Rib fractures can affect the heart in many ways: It my puncture the pericardium, it may damage the heart, it may cause tamponad, to name a few.

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