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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Intracardiac Tumor (Overview)

It means there is a tumor or growth inside the cavity of your heart. It is a serious problem requiring immediate attention from a Cardiologist. Most such tumors can be removed with an operation and these tend to be benign..., with a few exceptions. Best thing to to do is get it removed quick.


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What does an intracardiac tumor feel like in the body?

What does an intracardiac tumor feel like in the body?

Cant feel: Intracardiac tumors are within the heart and therefore can not be felt. Usually no symptoms are present. Some can dislodge and present with stroke like results. Others can obstruct flow across valves and cause heart failure like symptoms when large enough. ...Read more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
4 Doctors shared insights

Intracardiac Tumor (Overview)

It means there is a tumor or growth inside the cavity of your heart. It is a serious problem requiring immediate attention from a Cardiologist. Most such tumors can be removed with an operation and these tend to be benign..., with a few exceptions. Best thing to to do is get it removed quick.


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What are the symptoms of intracardiac tumor?

What are the symptoms of intracardiac tumor?

Emboli: Atrial myxoma is the commonest intracardiac tumor. It produces symptoms similar to that of an infection in the heart, i.e., fever, change in heart sounds. Blood clots form on the tumor and go to any organ in the body with resultant symptoms, e.g., stroke, blood in urine, abdominal pain etc. ...Read more

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Living with a Brain Tumor (Checklist)

Eat a balanced diet
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Tell doctor about neurological changes
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Get EEG if you have lapses
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Follow doctor's advice
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What are the tests for intracardiac tumor?

What are the tests for intracardiac tumor?

Imaging: Intracardiac tumors are almost always discovered on imaging studies, typically ultrasound, because of a new murmur or impaired heart function. Most familiar is the atrial myxoma, which is usually easily removed with an excellent outcome. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for intracardiac tumor?

What is the treatment for intracardiac tumor?

Surgical: The common intracardiac tumor is atrial myxoma which is large when found and must be removed surgically, generally with an excellent result. Papillary elastrofibromas and rhabdomyomas may require no treatment, or may require surgery; get a full description of risks and benefits and give informed consent. ...Read more

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What are the tests for intracardiac tumor?

Imaging: Intracardiac tumors are almost always discovered on imaging studies, typically ultrasound, because of a new murmur or impaired heart function. Most familiar is the atrial myxoma, which is usually easily removed with an excellent outcome. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of intracardiac tumor?

Emboli: Atrial myxoma is the commonest intracardiac tumor. It produces symptoms similar to that of an infection in the heart, i.e., fever, change in heart sounds. Blood clots form on the tumor and go to any organ in the body with resultant symptoms, e.g., stroke, blood in urine, abdominal pain etc. ...Read more

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Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
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What does an intracardiac tumor feel like in the body?

Cant feel: Intracardiac tumors are within the heart and therefore can not be felt. Usually no symptoms are present. Some can dislodge and present with stroke like results. Others can obstruct flow across valves and cause heart failure like symptoms when large enough. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Intracardiac tumor?

What is the definition or description of: Intracardiac tumor?

Tumor inside/Heart: It means there is a tumor or growth inside the cavity of your heart. It is a serious problem requiring immediate attention from a Cardiologist. Most such tumors can be removed with an operation and these tend to be benign..., with a few exceptions. Best thing to to do is get it removed quick. ...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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What is the treatment for intracardiac tumor?

Surgical: The common intracardiac tumor is atrial myxoma which is large when found and must be removed surgically, generally with an excellent result. Papillary elastrofibromas and rhabdomyomas may require no treatment, or may require surgery; get a full description of risks and benefits and give informed consent. ...Read more

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What is an echogenic intracardiac focus?

What is an echogenic intracardiac focus?

Benign finding: An eif (echocardiogenic intracardiac focus) is a common finding on fetal ultrasound. This is a small "bright" spot in the heart muscle, meaning that the spot is reflective of the ultrasound waves. The precise cause is unclear, but this finding on fetal ultrasound is not associated with any structural or functional abnormality in the baby. ...Read more

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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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"Cardiology Explained. Ashley EA, Niebauer J.Normal intracardiac dimensions Men:IV septum (diastole) 0.6-1.3 cm." Is 1.3 cm IV septum (diastole) normal?

"Cardiology Explained. Ashley EA, Niebauer J.Normal intracardiac dimensions Men:IV septum (diastole) 0.6-1.3 cm." Is 1.3 cm IV septum (diastole) normal?

Left Ventricle size.: 6- 10 mm is normal thickness, 11- 13 mm is mild left ventricular hypertrophy, 14-17 moderate and > 17 mm is severe. More than just septal thickness, they see ratio of the spatial thickens to left V posterior wall (back). They utilize the septal diameter for calculating left ventricular mass as a whole fromHypertension, aortic valve dz can cause, IHSS, genetically mediated asymmetric thickness ...Read more

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What is echogenic intracardiac?

EIF: If you are referring to an 'echogenic intracardiac focus', seen in a fetus during a sonogram- then it is essentially a bright white spot, seen within a chamber of the baby's heart, having the same brightness as bone. It is considered a 'soft' marker for down's syndrome. It is present in 15-30% of fetuses that have down's syndrome, and ~5% of normal fetuses. Additional testing (amnio, harmony, mat21. ...Read more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily. Alert doctor to any increases.
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Take medications as prescribed
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My friend has an emergency intracardiac injection in her purse. Can an average person be properly trained to use it?

My friend has an emergency intracardiac injection in her purse. Can an average person be properly trained to use it?

Needs clarification: It is unlikely anyone has an :intracardiac injection in their purse because there is no value to injecting medicines into the heart itself for the most part. What many people have is an Epipen (epinephrine) which allows people with severe allergies to give themselves a dose of Epinephrine and stop or limit a severe allergic reaction. It is given into a muscle, often the thigh. It is easy to use, even kids learn. ...Read more

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Why does intracardiac right to left shunting occur? Since the left side of heart has higher pressure, how can blood from right side flow through?

Why does intracardiac right to left shunting occur? Since the left side of heart has higher pressure, how can blood from right side flow through?

Shunt: Good observation....We see right to left shunting when the right sided pressure is higher than the left side and a connection is present between the circulations. This is when pulmonary hypertension is present. There are various causes of pulmonary hypertension including late changes in the lung from left to right shunting. ...Read more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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