Penetrating and Blunt Cardiac Trauma

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Penetrating and blunt cardiac trauma are serious causes of morbidity and mortality. Presentation for blunt cardiac trauma may be subtle and nonspecific, challenging the clinician to make a timely diagnosis. Since early recognition and aggressive management may make a significant difference in the morbidity and mortality associated with these injuries, heightened awareness and an appropriate diagnostic evaluation are critical. The authors review both penetrating and blunt cardiac trauma, focusing on optimizing clinical care.

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