Alternate Names : Traumatic Heart Disease
What can be done to prevent the condition?
Accidents can not always be prevented. However, seat belts used alone or with air bags can help to prevent injury. Also, the right safety equipment should be used for other types of tasks that could result in chest injury. Driving and other potentially dangerous tasks should never be done under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Following sports safety guidelines for children, adolescents, and adults may prevent some injuries.
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
A person who survives the initial accident may develop complications in the weeks that follow. These can include:
arrhythmias that can be fatal if left untreated
congestive heart failure
traumatic aneurysm, which is a tear in the aorta
What are the risks to others?
A myocardial contusion is not contagious. It poses no risk to others.