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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
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
Trauma to heart: Trauma to the chest causes trauma to the heart, which bruises the heart muscle. ...Read more
Injury prone: People who engage in injury prone activities. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Bruise: We generally don't speak in terms of bruise on the heart. Ask your source for this terminology what they mean. ...Read more
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
When blood taken, and their 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
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
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 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
After a heart Cath via wrist What do I watch for at the insertion site in ny wrist? It's tender and the bruise is growing.
Call ur Cardiologist: As part of your discharge instructions, you should have been instructed to contact your Cardiologist for worsening pain at insertion site as well as increase/worsening bruising. Depending upon time relative to procedure, this could be due to infection (especially if red & hot) or bleeding. If you're concerned, contact your Cardiologist (or whoever performed catheterization. ...Read more
Heart patient (36, 190#, 90%+ blockage in 3 arteries) is developing multiple bruises for no reason. Took multiple nitro during past week prior.
? Other medicines: Some of the medicines you may be on you your coronary disease may cause, eg aspirin, clopidogrel. ...Read more
Had a hysterectomy in Nov, I am a smoker that needs to quit. I have been getting huge red bruises all over my legs. I'm 32, on heart meds. Please help!
Examination: Those "huge red bruises" need to be looked at. ...Read more
Very sore chest feels like a bruise. Not my heart area my whole upper chest, &whole upper back. No sharp pain just a bruising feeling?
I had heart stents through my groin6 weeks ago. I have woken today with large bruise in my groin and on my thigh. I also have swollen feet.
Bruising: You need to find the cause of your brushing and swelling. If you are on a blood thinner your doctor MAY need to change the dosage. In any case, please see your doctor now. Peace and good health. ...Read more
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