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Cardiac Malignancies: Clinical Aspects

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Abstract

Most cardiac tumors are clinically silent and are diagnosed only postmortem. If present, symptoms that are nonspecific can be distinguished with difficulty from other causes of cardiovascular disease and are known to be “great mimickers” [1]. One of the most important problems concerning to the diagnosis of cardiac tumors is the lack of specific signs and symptoms. The clinical manifestations of cardiac metastases mainly depend on the size and anatomical location of the tumor, rather than on its histological type. The symptoms of cardiac metastases can be grouped into the following major categories [2–7]:

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cardiology Unit and Coronary Intensive Care UnitOspedale San Camillo-ForlaniniRomeItaly
  2. 2.Cardiology UnitIRCCS CRO-National Cancer InstituteAviano (PN)Italy

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