​What are heart tumors?

Also known as: cardiac tumor, myxoma, primary heart tumor, secondary heart tumor

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).


Reviewed by: Anthony F. Rossi, MD

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