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..
6 weeks. The heart contusion is bruised tissue from blunt force trauma, and like most tissues takes about 6 to 8 weeks to heal. The problem with cardiac contusions is the electrical circuitry of the heart. Being monitored for arrhythmia is important. Should be under the care of a cardiologist.

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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...

My sister has developed heart contusion. What is it exactly?

It's like.... Slamming the door on your finger - ouch! cardiac contusion follows strong thump to the chest or rapid deceleration injury like in an auto accident. Blood samples and ekgs can look just like a heart attack. Fluid can accumulate in the sac around the heart (pericardial effusion). It heals with time. Cardiologists treat complications while waiting for nature to complete its work. Read more...
Trauma to heart. Trauma to the chest causes trauma to the heart, which bruises the heart muscle. Read more...

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...

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...