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Myocardial contusion

  • Alternative Names

    Blunt myocardial injury


    Treatment

    Treatment is usually supportive. Patients are watched for 24 hours and continually monitored by ECG.

    In the Emergency Department patients may receive:

    • Catheter placement through a vein (IV)
    • Medications for pain relief, heart rhythm disturbances, or low blood pressure
    • Pacemaker
    • Supplemental oxygen
    • Various therapies for injuries, such as chest tube placement, drainage of blood from the pericardial sac, or surgery to repair ruptured blood vessels in the chest

    Support Groups


    Expectations (prognosis)

    Mild cases usually recover completely.

    More serious injuries to the heart may result in damage to the heart muscles, putting the patient at risk for heart failure or heart rhythm disturbances.


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