A Cardiac Myxoma — also known as an Atrial Myxoma — is a noncancerous tumor found in the upper left or right side of the heart. The tumor most often grows on the wall (atrial septum) that separates the two sides of the heart and is benign. It is known as a primary heart tumor meaning it starts in the heart, which is normally not the case with most heart tumors. It occurs more often in women and is passed down through the genetic line in families (roughly 1 out of 10 are passed from parent to child). The tumor is most often found in the left atrium of the heart (~75%) and begins in the wall that divides the heart’s upper two chambers. The rest are found in the right atrium and those found here are sometimes linked to Tricuspid Stenosis or Atrial Fibrillation.
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- Breathing difficulty when lying flat
- Breathing difficulty when asleep
- Chest pain or tightness
- Sensation of feeling your heart beat (palpitations)
- Shortness of breath with activity
- Blueness of skin, especially on the fingers (Raynaud’s phenomenon)
- Curvature of nails accompanied by soft tissue swelling (clubbing) of the fingers
- Fingers that change color upon pressure or with cold or stress
- General discomfort (malaise)
- Joint pain
- Swelling in any part of the body
- Weight loss without trying
- Pulmonary edema
- Peripheral emboli
- Spread (metastasis) of the tumor
- Blockage of the mitral heart valve
Animated image of an MRI of the heart, showing a large myxoma plunging to and fro from atrium to ventricle across the mitral valve.
Microscan of Myxoma tumor (shown in circle).