Heart Cancer Early Signs

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Heart cancer is a rare type of cancer that occurs when the malignant tissues attack the tissues of the heart and develop the tumour. The tumour developed in this cancer has rare chances of getting treated successfully. American Cancer Institute states that only 1800 cases of this tumour have been diagnosed from the past 10 years. The causes of heart cancer are still unknown and scientists worldwide are still trying to find them. It is very difficult to diagnose heart cancer early signs as the tumour tends to spread throughout the body at a rapid rate.

When the malignant cells of heart cancer, attack the body they interrupt the oxygen supply that is provided to the blood cells. Due to this, there is an imbalance in the supply of oxygen to the various parts of the body. Due to inadequate supply of oxygen, the blood purification system in the lungs gets disturbed. This further affects the pumping of blood through the heart. Due to this, the levels of impure blood in the body tend to increase. This further affects the balance of red and white blood cells which fight the attacking viruses. Due to this, the immune system becomes weak and our body gets prone to wide range of diseases. This further affects the functioning of brain and it becomes incapable of recognizing the signals of various parts of the body. This may further result into paralysis.

Heart cancer diagnosis and detection is done with the help of various blood tests, CT scans, MRI scans, biopsy and other laboratory tests. Further tests of diagnosis are Electrophysiology test, cardiac catheterization, myocardial biopsy and pericardiosenticis.

Treatment options of this cancer are surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and palliative therapy. Out of these options, chemotherapy and radiation therapy are extensively used whereas heart cancer surgical operation is generally avoided as there are major chances of re-occurrence of the tumour. Palliative therapy is a treatment which encourages the patient emotionally and helps him deal with the tumour.

Heart cancer early signs are as follows:-

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Massive chest pain
  • Heart Murmuring
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Frequent Strokes
  • Tachycardia
  • Pericarditis

Explanation of heart cancer early signs:-

  • Difficulty in breathing :-

    This symptom is observed in the middle stage of the tumour. Due to inadequate oxygen supply, the impurity levels in the blood increase. This affects the blood purification system in the lungs and further affects the pumping of heart through which oxygen reaches the body. When the pumping function of heart gets affected, this symptom is observed.

  • Massive Chest Pain :-

    Due to less oxygen saturations in the body, the respiratory system gets blocked due to which pain in the chest is noticed. This pain can be severe and may be an early sign of heart attacks.

  • Heart Murmuring:-

    Due to the occurrence of this tumour, turbulent blood flow is noticed in the area of the heart. This affects the passages through which the blood flows due to which sound of murmuring is produced. This symptom is generally observed in the middle stages of the tumour.

  • Cardiomegaly :-

    Sometimes, due to blockages in the respiratory tract, the passages of blood get enlarged. Due to this, the arteries and veins in the heart and surrounding areas get enlarged. This state is called Cardiomegaly.

  • Frequent strokes :-

    This symptom is observed in the advanced stages. This happens when the tumour cells start infecting the brain and its surrounding areas. Due to this, the blood supply to the brain gets disturbed. The brain then is not able to understand the body signals which further results into frequent strokes.

  • Tachycardia :-

    Due to impurity in the blood, the functioning of heart gets damaged due to which irregularity in the heartbeats is observed. Sometimes, the heart beats very slowly whereas sometimes it beats at a rapid rate. When the heart beat rate exceeds the normal rate, this condition is observed.

  • Pericarditis :-

    When the functioning of heart gets damaged, there is disturbance in the rate of heart beats. Sometimes, a fluctuation in the rate of heartbeat is observed. Due to this, inflammation is produced in the sac - like covering near the heart. Due to this, breathing difficulties and swelling in the parts of the body is observed. This condition is known as pericarditis.

The above mentioned heart cancer early signs are the most common symptoms that are observed due to the occurrence of this tumour. Out of these symptoms, diagnosis of cardiomegaly, tachycardia and paericardiaits and their treatment if done at early stages can ensure successful removal of the tumour from the body.

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