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Myxomas are tumors of
connective tissue. They can occur almost anywhere in the body, including the heart.
Treatment for a myxoma in the heart depends on many things. These include where the tumor is and if it is blocking blood flow.
If the tumor is in the left atrium, surgery might be done to remove it. This can help lower the risk of a stroke.
In rare cases, a tumor (myxoma) growing on the valve surface or in
the left atrium of the heart can cause a blockage of the mitral valve that is
mitral valve stenosis. The tumor can either block the valve opening or
restrict the movement of the valve and prevent it from opening
Other Works Consulted
Meschia JF, et al. (2014). Guidelines for the primary prevention of stroke: A statement for healthcare professionals from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Stroke, published online October 28, 2014. DOI: 10.1161/STR.0000000000000046. Accessed October 29, 2014.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, ElectrophysiologyE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofApril 28, 2016
Current as of:
April 28, 2016
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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