Cardiac Tumors

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Cardiac tumors are primary tumors or secondary tumors that form in the heart. Most cardiac tumors are noncancerous (benign) and some cardiac tumors are cancerous (malignant).

Types

Benign Cardiac Tumors

  • Myxoma – a tumor that forms inside the heart cavity, most commonly in the left atrium. The common type of cardiac tumor.
  • Rhabdomyomas – a tumor that develops in the heart muscle or the inner layer of heart tissue, typically in the walls of the ventricle. Occurs in children or infants.
  • Fibromas – a tumor that develops in the heart muscle or the inner layer of heart tissue, typically in the valves.
  • Teratomas of the pericardium – a tumor that forms at the base of the great vessels, most commonly in the left atrium. Occurs in infants.

Malignant Cardiac Tumors

  • Angiosarcomas – a cancerous tumor that typically develops on the right side of the heart. The common type of malignant cardiac tumor.
  • Rhabdomyosarcomas – a cancerous tumor that typically develops in the heart muscle.

 

Symptoms

Cardiac tumors symptoms vary depending on the type and location, some symptoms may include:

  • Chest pain.
  • Fatigue.
  • Rapid or abnormal heartbeats.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, consult a MemorialCare Physician partner.

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