Alternate Names : Traumatic Heart Disease
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