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Cardiac Tumor Surgery

Cardiac tumors are abnormal growths in the heart or heart valves. There are many types of cardiac tumors, but in general, cardiac tumors are rare and can be cancerous (malignant) or noncancerous (benign).

Tumors that begin growing in the heart and stay there are termed primary tumors. Tumors that start in another part of the body and move, or metastasize, to the heart are termed secondary tumors.

Most cardiac tumors are benign. But, even benign tumors can cause problems because of their size and location. Sometimes, small pieces of tumor fall into the bloodstream and are carried to distant blood vessels and get in the way of blood flow to vital organs, causing an embolism.

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