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Atrial Myxoma

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Course Details

Credit/contact hours: 0.5
Estimated time to complete: 30 minutes
Publication Date: December 6, 2018
Expiration date: December 6, 2024
Reviewed: December 5, 2021


Cardiac tumors are unusual, but atrial myxomas are the most common benign cardiac tumors of the heart. Presentations can be highly variable, ranging from signs and symptoms of mitral valve disease (such as dyspnea) to embolic phenomenon, right heart failure, or rarely myocardial infarction or sudden death. In this interesting case, a patient presented with findings of left and right heart failure and was treated in the operating room with a minimally invasive approach (right mini-thoracotomy including left atrial myxoma excision and mitral and tricuspid valve repair.)

You Will Learn

  • To describe the potential physiologic consequences of large left atrial myxoma
  • To recognize the typical appearance of left atrial myxoma on echocardiography
  • To identify clinical factors suggesting multiple cardiac myxomas and the associated familial syndrome (Carney Complex)

Method and medium:

Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again if a question is answered incorrectly.The course will open in a new tab - to exit the course, simply close that tab.

Lawrence W Gimple, MD

Dr. Gimple is an attending cardiologist at the University of Virginia Health System with a sub-specialty in interventional cardiology.  He serves as the Director of Clinical Cardiology at the University of Virginia Health System with clinical interests in coronary artery disease, coronary stenting, and heart attack.

DISCLOSURE: This individual reports no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.

Patrick McNair, MD

Dr. Patrick McNair is a Fellow in Cardiovascular Disease at the University of Virginia Health System.

DISCLOSURE: This individual reports no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.

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