Cardiac tumors are rare tumors that form in the tissues of the heart including muscle tissue, connective tissue, and tissues that line the blood vessels, control heart rhythm, and cover the nerves of the heart. They may also form in the pericardium (the sac around the heart). Primary tumors, those originating in the heart itself, are very rare and the majority are benign. Secondary cardiac tumors are more commonly found in people who have other cancers. At Lehigh Valley Heart and Vascular Institute, we have experience with even the most complex heart issues, including heart tumors.
Many people with a heart tumor have no symptoms. However, those who do have symptoms frequently present with stroke or symptoms that mimic other cardiac conditions such as heart failure, irregular heartbeat and chest pain. Symptoms also are based on tumor location and size.
Various non-invasive imaging methods are typically used to diagnose a heart tumor, including echocardiogram, computed tomography (CT scan), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or positron emission tomography (PET scan).
Your Lehigh Valley Heart and Vascular Institute team will develop an individualized care plan for you. We’re with you every step of the way.
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