If you’ve had a recent car accident, you likely have typical neck or back pain. If you’ve also had chest pain, this could be a sign of a myocardial bruise.

Healthline defines myocardial contusion as “bruising of the heart muscle”. It can occur after serious injury or trauma to the chest. According to the Thomas J. Henry Law, PLLC, myocardial bruises are common after car accidents, primarily when the driver’s chest hits the steering wheel. If a person falls from a height of 20 feet or higher, they can develop a myocardial bruise. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) patients are also at risk.

Symptoms of myocardial contusion

Symptoms vary depending on the situation and the severity of the injury. However, the following may occur in patients:

  • Increased pulse
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Drowsiness
  • shortness of breath
  • Pain around the ribs or sternum

If you’ve been in a car accident and have chest pain with any of these symptoms, see a doctor right away.

How is myocardial contusion diagnosed?

Diagnosing myocardial contusion can be difficult because symptoms vary and are non-specific. Your doctor may order laboratory work, X-rays, and CT scans to get an accurate reading. Other methods can include:

  • An echocardiogram that shows the flow of blood through the heart
  • An electrocardiogram (EKG or EKG) that shows the electrical activity of the heart
  • Blood test to determine the number of enzymes present due to the damage

How are myocardial contusions treated?

Treatment may depend on the severity and symptoms of the patient’s condition. If your injury is not severe, medication can be used and it may need to be monitored for at least 24 hours. People who are short of breath may need oxygen. Patients may need chest placement for life-threatening scenarios, draining blood from the heart, or surgery.

Ask your doctor for a correct diagnosis and to discuss which treatments are best for you.

If you or a loved one has suffered a myocardial contusion from a chest injury from a car accident, contact the car accident attorneys at Thomas J. Henry Law, PLLC.

Visit the website at thomasjhenrylaw.com or call 866-517-5659.