Cancer

Heart Cancer Symptoms

The heart is abundant of a specialized cell type known as the cardiac myocyte. These cells are nearly immune from getting affected by cancer. Owing to this reason, primary tumor and symptoms of heart cancer are extremely rare. In most of the cases, the cancer develops in other locations and spreads to this organ as part of metastasis.

What are the Symptoms of Heart Cancer?

  • Clubbing of fingers
  • Fever
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Wasting of muscles
  • Valve obstruction
  • Cardiomegaly – Swelling of the heart
  • Fainting
  • Heart attack – It is a condition when oxygen-rich blood is stopped from entering this organ
  • Heart failure – Inability of the heart to pump blood to the entire body
  • Angina – Pain in the heart caused when certain muscles do not get oxygen-rich blood
  • Heart murmurs – Production of more sound than regular heart beat when abnormal flow of blood occurs
  • Reduction of atrial cavities
  • Arrthythmias – Abnormal rhythm of heart beat
  • Pleural pericardial pain – Painful condition in a sac-like structure around the heart
  • Emobolic phenomena – Obstruction of blood flow caused by a clot in the vessels
  • Dyspnea – Shortness of breath due to heart failure
  • Tachycardia – Heart beat of 100 beats per minute in place of the normal 72 beats per minute
  • Pericarditis – Swelling of important blood vessels surrounding the heart
  • Conduction anamolies – Abnormal electrical conduction

Why Symptoms of Heart Cancer are Rare?

The environmental factors mostly responsible for cancer look out for cell division and cell repair processes as the mechanisms to cause mutation and induce cancer.

Unlike other cell types in the body, cardiac myocytes reach a stage early in their cell cycle from where they stop dividing. Instead, these cells grow in their size. This unique feature in their cell cycle is very tightly followed by these cells which never get an opportunity to divide like other cells or carry out cell repair on occurrence of any damage in their genetic structures.

As the number of reported cases of cancer in this organ is very less, little effort is being placed to carry out further research to know more on its cause, diagnosis or treatment. The best practice followed by health care professionals is to direct the patients of this cancer to centers which have the required experience in treating cardiac tumors.

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