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Cardiac Tumor Surgery

Abnormal cell reproduction can cause tumors to grow in the heart or the pericardium which surrounds the heart. These tumors are either benign or malignant in nature. The majority of cardiac tumors are benign, or non-cancerous, however, because the heart is such an essential organ, even benign tumors can be life-threatening.

Tumors which have spread to the heart from another part of the body may have the following symptoms:

  • Sudden enlargement of the heart
  • Bizarre changes in the shape of the heart on a chest x-ray
  • A blockage
  • Irregular heart rhythms
  • Unexplained heart failure

Symptoms of cancerous cardiac tumors which originate in the heart may include:

  • Sudden heart failure
  • A rapid accumulation of bloody fluid in the lining around the heart, often with a blockage of the blood flow in the heart
  • Various kinds of arrhythmias

Benign cardiac tumors that are small and cause no symptoms may in some cases be closely monitored, and may require no treatment. However surgery is indicated in most cases to both make a diagnosis of cell type and to keep the tumor from growing and causing either obstruction to blood flow or rhythm disturbances. Malignant and benign heart tumors are removed through open heart surgery. Specific treatment for cardiac tumors will be determined by your physician.

Put Your Heart in Expert Hands at Adventist HealthCare

Ask your doctor to make a referral to the heart and vascular specialists at Adventist HealthCare or find a doctor online. To speak with a member of our experienced cardiovascular team or schedule an in-person appointment, call 1-800-642-0101.

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