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How A Pneumothorax Can Cause Heart To Shift
Closed space: The chest cavity is a closed space so if there is a puncture in the lung, air escapes through the lining of the lung into the surrounding chest cavity. Since it can't escape, the pressure increases pushing everything to the other side of the chest, including the heart. Decompression with a needle or tube is then necessary to relieve the pressure and allow the heart to shift back into place. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If there is tension: If the pneumothorax creates a lot of pressure/air buildup in the chest, it can compress the veins draining into the heart and cause the heart to stop beating. This is called Tension Pneumothorax, and it is a medical emergency. If not promptly treated, it can cause death. ...Read more
Blood flow: All blood from the right side of the heart go to the lungs, oxygenate then go to the left side of the heart to be pumped to the rest of the body. In pneumothorax, the collapsed lung has high pressure due to collapsed arteries and put too much strain on the right side of the heart to overcome, less oxygenation, and the heart may not be able to do it and it stops pumping. ...Read more
One Triggers: If a person has emphysema and develops a spontaneus pneumothorax that progresses to a tension pneumothorax, the cardiopulmonary stress can trigger a myocardial infarction if coronary artery disease is present. Otherwise, two separate independent events. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cardiomediastinal silhouette. Lungs are clear. No pleural effusion or pneumothorax. Do I have heart murmur?
Heart sounds: Heart murmurs are found while listening to the heart with a stethoscope and evaluated with an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) to determine it poses a problem. Chest x-ray can show complications of having heart murmurs from valve problems such as heart failure and enlarged heart chambers. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Several: Several reasons: air in the chest is very common as the very delicate pleura may be entered anytime. This is called collapse- pneumothorax. The chest tubes drain fluid and air. Post operative atelectasis is also called collapse and follows chest surgery, pain, poor cough, and improves with incentive spirometry, cough with pain control. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: A collapes lung can cause a heart attack either by lowering your oxygen levels or by causing a tension pneumothorax, which can prevent circulation of blood by preventing your heart form filling with blood and thereby preventing your heart from pumping blood to the rest of your body (and to itself). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hearts beating harder and slower than usual. Can feel it more lately? What could cause this? Thanks
Your question is a: little more unusual than the standard palpitations question: often when one's heart seems to be beating more forcefully it is also more rapid.It brings to mind that your heart rhythm may have slowed and you are having some intermittent ventricular premature contractions/beats (VPC's).This can be due to anxiety, stress, caffeine, etc. I think it deserves a holter/24 hr ECG monitor to see what's up. ...Read more
Chest pain: Do you have chest pain? How do you know it's your heart? There are many causes of chest pain, the heart is but one, intestinal gas and thoracic musculoskeletal pains are very common, anxiety and panic attacks likewise are frequent causes. You should always ask the doctors who see you what they think is the problem you came for and what to do about it. ...Read more
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