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Myocardial Contusion

Alternate Names : Traumatic Heart Disease

Myocardial Contusion | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the condition diagnosed?

Diagnosis of myocardial contusion begins with a medical history and physical exam. Any chest injury, even if it appears to be minor, should be reported to the healthcare provider. Diagnosing myocardial contusion can be very difficult. Many times, problems don't appear for days or even weeks after an injury.

The healthcare provider may order these tests:

  • blood tests, including serial troponin and creatine phosphokinase, or CPK, levels
  • an echocardiogram, or ultrasound of the heart, to check the structure and function of the heart
  • an electrocardiogram, or EKG, to look for arrhythmias and conduction problems

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    Myocardial Contusion: Prevention & Expectations

    Author: Eric Berlin, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/31/01

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