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Myxoma Tumors of the Heart

Overview

Myxomas are tumors of connective tissue. They can occur almost anywhere in the body, including the heart.

What problems can they cause?

A myxoma tumor can cause different types of problems. These include problems with blood flow through the heart and how well the heart pumps blood. If pieces of a tumor break off, they can be carried in the blood to the body and cause problems, such as a stroke.

How are they treated?

Treatment for a myxoma tumor in the heart depends on many things, such as where the tumor is and if it is blocking blood flow. Surgery might be done to remove the tumor.

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Current as of: January 10, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Rakesh K. Pai MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine