Also known as: cardiac tumor, myxoma, primary heart tumor, secondary heart tumor
What are Heart Tumors?
If a tumor, or a foreign growth of tissue, develops in the heart, it is known as a heart or cardiac tumor. Tumors can develop on the heart tissue (primary, or myxoma) or start elsewhere in the body and spread to the heart (secondary). Some cause cancer (malignant), and some do not (benign).
What causes heart tumors?
A number of heart tumors develop for unknown reasons. In some cases, there is a family history of heart tumors. Other times, they develop as a complication of another medical condition.
What are the symptoms of heart tumors?
Many heart tumors do not cause any symptoms. If the tumor is blocking the flow of blood, it’s possible to develop a cough, fever, pain, shortness of breath, or lightheadedness.
What are heart tumor care options?
If the tumor is small or not causing any symptoms, no treatment is often needed. In other instances, surgery to remove the tumor is the treatment of choice.
This page was last updated on: 12/16/2016 2:46:21 PM
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Every 3 days, the life of a young athlete is lost due to sudden cardiac death. Usually, there are no advanced signs or symptoms. But the saddest part is that it's entirely preventable. A simple EKG screenig can detect heart problems before it's too late. Miami Children's Hospital is offering this invaluable test free of charge to middle and high school sports participants.
Joy Baysa, MD of Nicklaus Children's Hospital is a pediatric cardiologist and electrophysiologist with The Heart Program.