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Doctor insights on: How Long Does It Take For A Heart Contusion To Heal

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How long does it take for a heart contusion to heal?

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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Dr. James Lin
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Heart Contusion (Definition)

A heart contusion is a bruising of the muscle tissue of the heart. It is most commonly caused by the heart hitting the rib cage during trauma, such as in a fall or a car accident where the chest hits the steering wheel. Patients typically have chest pain that is made worse by leaning ...Read more


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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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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

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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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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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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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How long does soreness last from heart cath done this past thursday & looks like some beat me as have large area of bruise on groin and upoer leg?

How long does soreness last from heart cath done this past thursday & looks like some beat me as have large area of bruise on groin and upoer leg?

Bruising is common: Typically soreness should last only a few days whereas bruising might persist for weeks. Reabsorption of blood between facial layers takes time (the cause of the bruising). If femoral nerve trauma or irritation is present the pain in the groin might persist for some time ( neuropathic). ...Read more

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How long does soreness last from recent heart cath and is it normal to have huge bruises in groin and leg at site of cath?

How long does soreness last from recent heart cath and is it normal to have huge bruises in groin and leg at site of cath?

Huge? Not the norm: But possible - a bruise might form at the catheter insertion site, and the area may feel sore or tender for about a week. Let your doctor know if you have problems such as: a constant or large amount of bleeding at the insertion site that can't be stopped with a small bandage. Unusual pain, swelling, redness at or near the insertion site. Talk to your doctor about activity restriction. ...Read more

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Heart patient (36, 190#, 90+% blockage in 3 arteries) is developing bruises - no reason. Had to take nitro multiple x in last week while they occurred?

Heart patient (36, 190#, 90+% blockage in 3 arteries) is developing bruises - no reason. Had to take nitro multiple x in last week while they occurred?

Concerned: I am more concerned by the 90% blockages in three arteries and the need for multiple ntg than the bruising. Please ask the patient to follow up with his cardiologist asap as he is in a potentially dangerous situation. ...Read more