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Dr. Adam Lewis
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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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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?

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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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 than 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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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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