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Myxoma Tumors of the Heart

Topic Overview

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 similar to mitral valve stenosis. The tumor can either block the valve opening or restrict the movement of the valve and prevent it from opening completely.

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  • 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.

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Current as ofApril 9, 2019

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

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