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Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Heart Contusion (Overview)

Heart contusion = bruised heart muscle due to injury.


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My sister has developed heart contusion. What is it exactly?

My sister has developed heart contusion. What is it exactly?

Trauma to heart: Trauma to the chest causes trauma to the heart, which bruises the heart muscle. ...Read more

Dr. Jerome Zacks
10 doctors shared insights

Heart Contusion (Overview)

Heart contusion = bruised heart muscle due to injury.


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What are the symptoms of heart contusion?

What are the symptoms of heart contusion?

Depends on severity: There may be no symptoms while the ekg and blood samples have the appearance of an acute myocardial infarction (heart attack). Some people have chest pain that can mimic a heart attack or pleurisy. Arrhythmias/palpitations may occur. A severe contusion can cause a pericardial effusion with tamponade, leading to death if untreated. The symptoms are shortness of breath and low blood pressure. ...Read more

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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke
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Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol
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What is the treatment for heart contusion?

What is the treatment for heart contusion?

Heart contusion: Observation and monitoring for arrhythmias, blood tests to monitor cardiac damage, and an echocardiogram to assess wall motion and rule out pericardial effusion. Most times the recovery is complete. ...Read more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily, and alert your doctor if your weight increases
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Take your medications as they are prescribed
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Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
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Atleast 3-4 times a week when I wake up my hearts racing at well over 100 bpm. What causes this?

Atleast 3-4 times a week when I wake up my hearts racing at well over 100 bpm. What causes this?

Palpitations: You are having palpitations, which can be caused by many things, including thyroid issues, anxiety, arrhythmias, caffeine, hypoglycemia, among many other things. You need to be evaluated both with blood tests and possibly with a 24-hour monitor called a holter monitor to see what the heart is doing during these episodes from an electrical standpoint. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of heart contusion?

Depends on severity: There may be no symptoms while the ekg and blood samples have the appearance of an acute myocardial infarction (heart attack). Some people have chest pain that can mimic a heart attack or pleurisy. Arrhythmias/palpitations may occur. A severe contusion can cause a pericardial effusion with tamponade, leading to death if untreated. The symptoms are shortness of breath and low blood pressure. ...Read more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
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Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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How long does it take for a heart contusion to heal?

Check the lab values: Contusions of the heart itself, when related to trauma vary vastly in terms of severity. Contusions that are clinically important generally have laboratory and EKG signs of injury. The damage is no longer ongoing when lab values cease to keep trending up. The rate at which it takes to return to normal is not entirely clear. Note: this is not the same a fractured sternum. ...Read more

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My sister has developed heart contusion. What is it exactly?

Trauma to heart: Trauma to the chest causes trauma to the heart, which bruises the heart muscle. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for heart contusion?

Heart contusion: Observation and monitoring for arrhythmias, blood tests to monitor cardiac damage, and an echocardiogram to assess wall motion and rule out pericardial effusion. Most times the recovery is complete. ...Read more

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Should I be under the care of a trauma surgeon or a cardiologist for my heart contusion from a car accident?

Should I be under the care of a trauma surgeon or a cardiologist for my heart contusion from a car accident?

Both: If you were involved in a car accident and suffered a cardiac contusion, a trauma surgeon is the best trained to rule out any further injury to other organ parts. A cardiologist should be involved to make sure you don't have any cardiac-related that needs further workup or followup. ...Read more

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Congestive heart failure, spinal contusion and fusion. Should I be working?

Congestive heart failure, spinal contusion and fusion. Should I be working?

Work: How symptomatic are you? I have known a paramedic who continued to function with congestive heart failure and depending on your job many people get a spinal fusion to function. If you are having specific problems with your occupation you need to talk to your doctor or see a physician who does occupational medicine. ...Read more

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7 weeks after cardiac contusion, heart palpitates when I'm showering in hot water. I'm an avid walker, healthy weight, and heart is otherwise healthy.

7 weeks after cardiac contusion, heart palpitates when I'm showering in hot water. I'm an avid walker, healthy weight, and heart is otherwise healthy.

Palpitations: You may have had some scar formation after the contusion which predisposes to palpitations. If your stress echo was normal, you likely don't have to be concerned unless the palpitations cause a lot of symptoms for you. In that case check with your dr. You should also make sure the 24hr holter didn't show anything untoward. ...Read more

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I got punched in the chest during a boxing match and i still have intense pain been to ER twice and everything is normal, what about contusion of heart?

I got punched in the chest during a boxing match and i still have intense pain been to ER twice and everything is normal, what about contusion of heart?

Wouldn't hurt: A cardiac contusion isn't painful but a fractured sternum is and I'll bet that's what you have — it just hasn't shown up on xray yet (it takes time ; a special xray technique to show it). I wish you well. ...Read more

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I have a bad head contusion and I have a bad heart mtrovalve prolapse. Can i still exercise safely?

I have a bad head contusion and I have a bad heart mtrovalve prolapse. Can i still exercise safely?

Maybe: Most people with heart disease can exercise safely, at some level, individualized according to your underlying heart disease. However, this should be discussed with your doctor as there is high variability. A contusion is the medical term for a bruise. If all you have is a superficial bruise, this should not affect exercise. If you have a deeper injury, you may need to heal before returning. ...Read more

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Thoracic wall contusion feeling like heart attack, should I be concerned?

Thoracic wall contusion feeling like heart attack, should I be concerned?

Yes: If the pain is different from the contusion pain, and you have risk factors like family history, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, smoking, and diabetes; you should definitely get that checked out. ...Read more

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Somebody who really hated me for no real reason attacked me and gave me deep contusions over the left ventricle of heart and left temple. Will I die?

Somebody who really hated me for no real reason attacked me and gave me deep contusions over the left ventricle of heart and left temple. Will I die?

Not likely: Deep contusions over ventricle are absorbed by chest wall and muscle (even if skinny), so not likely a problem. Only potential problem is left temple impact, but if typing question a few hrs or more after assault, then not likely a problem either. If having bad-->severe headache, any vomiting, go to er (911). If a "tylenol headache, " then should be ok. ...Read more

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Can u bruise your heart?

Can u bruise your heart?

Yes Called CONTUSION: Auto accidents with impact from the steering wheel are the most common cause of this type of injury. Other causes include animal kicks, falls, impact from a projectile or blast injuries.
Attention is turned to obvious injuries and the contusion may not be initially considered.

It can be fatal. ...Read more

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What does it mean a bruise on the lower part of heart?

What does it mean a bruise on the lower part of heart?

bruise: We generally don't speak in terms of bruise on the heart. Ask your source for this terminology what they mean. ...Read more

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Can pressure on chest bruise your heart?

Can pressure on chest bruise your heart?

Yes: If pressure is deep and strong enough, or at times rapid enough, it could "bruise" the heart. ...Read more

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Do I have heart disease if every time I get a bruise it heals in months?

Bruise: Bruising easily, even without trauma, could signify a medical problem that needs attention. Deficiency of vitamin k (found in dark green, leafy vegetables) also can cause you to bruise easily. A vitamin c deficiency could also be to blame. Also, it could be a side effect from drugs. Taking supplements could help decrease risk. I hope this helps, if so, please vote for me. Thanks! ...Read more

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When blood taken, and there is a bruise, could the punctured vein become a problem like not giving enough blood to the heart?

When blood taken, and there is a bruise, could the punctured vein become a problem like not giving enough blood to the heart?

Your ok: I am sorry to hear about the bruise. But your OK :) There is an enormous amount of blood that goes from your body to your heart. A small punctured vein that was used to draw blood, will not cause any problem to your heart. The bruise should disappear in about a couple of days. ...Read more

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My gf has lower back pains, palpitating heart, and when she holds her breath, allegedly, it stops beating. Then, when she gets a bump, it easily bruise?

My gf has lower back pains, palpitating heart, and when she holds her breath, allegedly, it stops beating. Then, when she gets a bump, it easily bruise?

See physician: Low back pain, easy bruising on the limbs and occasional palpitations are all fairly common, and women are often more sensitive to these body events than men are. However, very rapid or prolonged palpitations could be serious, and a breath holding or cough might be able to stop an abnormal rhythm sometimes. Additionally, large bruises on the torso without trauma could also be serious. See doc. ...Read more

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After a fender bender I got a bruise on my ribs. Could I have damaged my heart too?

After a fender bender I got a bruise on my ribs. Could I have damaged my heart too?

Unlikely: Cardiac contusions are very rare, and when they do occur, they occur due to sternal fractures, not rib fractures (for the most part).

Your heart should be fine. ...Read more

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I felt a sharp pain in my heart and after that I started noticing spots like bruises on my chest I'm scared what can it be?

I felt a sharp pain in my heart and after that I started noticing spots like bruises on my chest I'm scared what can it be?

See your doctor: This is not cardiac related, but it could be other underlying issues like low platelets which are issues with other syndromes. An echocardiogram would rule out fluid around your heart. ...Read more

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I hit my chest on a bannister. I have a small bruise near my nipple. Should I be worried since its on the same side as my heart? Its light brown.

I hit my chest on a bannister. I have a small bruise near my nipple. Should I be worried since its on the same side as my heart? Its light brown.

Don't worry...: Your heart is very well protected by your rib-cage. Its unlikely that you damaged your heart unless you broke a rib. Keep an eye on it but you are most likely only superficially bruised. Best wishes! ...Read more