Cardiology Treatment on Lien in Phoenix AZ for the Injured Patient
The heart is surrounded by many structures that keep it from getting injured easily. It is encompassed by a cage created by the sternum and ribs, and blunt cardiac injury requires major force in order to do any sort of real damage. There are many ways in which blunt cardiac injury can occur, but the major one involves motor vehicle accidents.
Some others include sports injuries, crush injuries, falls, and assault. In addition to blunt cardiac injury, injuries to the arteries, valves, and other parts of the pericardial area can occur as well. Treatment of these types of injuries can range from EKG monitoring, all the way to complex surgical repairs.
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Diagnosis of Cardiac Injuries
The majority of patients who experience blunt cardiac injury are without symptoms. Patients who complain, however, will present with chest pain due to chest wall injuries. With the more severe blunt cardiac injuries, the patient will show signs of shock including tension pneumothorax, neurogenic, and hypovolemic shock.
There is no reliable way to accurately diagnose blunt cardiac injuries, but doctors will often order chest X-rays to see if there is acute damage to the chest wall. If there is, they will often use other tests such as EKGs in order to determine how severe the damage to the cardiac area is before moving on to treatment options.
Since there is no test to accurately determine the extent of blunt cardiac injury, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) has established a scale that measures the extent of organ injury. The scale enumerates the extent of the cardiac injury by assigning grades to signify the damage that is done to the cardiac area.
The grade scale goes from Grades I to VI, and can even be broken down into injury patterns. From there, the doctor will be able to have a better understanding of the damage done by the inciting incident that caused the blunt cardiac injury. The more severe the injury is, the more drastic the treatment option will be.
Treatment of Cardiac Injuries
There are many types of treatments for cardiac injuries. Some are non-invasive, while others are invasive. Depending on the injury or disease, the treatment can vary extensively. A common non-invasive treatment of heart-related illnesses and injuries is medication. Medication can be used to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and can even be helpful in dealing with blood clots. Usually, medication is only offered to people whose conditions are less severe than others.
For more invasive procedures, doctors turn to a more surgical approach. Each disease or issue has a different procedure for treatment. For instance, patients who experience arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, will be outfitted with a pacemaker to try to regulate the beating of the heart.
However, if a patient is experiencing physical damage to the heart, such as a contusion or rupture, heart surgery may be necessary. During heart surgery, surgeons sometimes remove the blood from the body and run it through a bypass machine, mimicking the tasks of the heart while the surgeon works on repairing the damage done to it. The procedure is severe but common, and it will require a lot of recovery time.
Although cardiac injuries are rare due to the fortification of the heart by the rib cage and sternum, they do happen. When treating cardiac injuries, it is important to make sure to properly diagnose the injury. It is difficult to diagnose injuries like blunt cardiac injury with any sort of certainty because it presents itself in so many different ways. If signs of chest contusions are present when looking at the initial trauma chest x-ray, additional tests may be necessary to rule out more severe cardiac injury.
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