A rib fracture can affect the heart by damaging the aorta or other major blood vessels, according to Mayo Clinic. Blunt cardiac injury is a common complication from rib fractures, according to The American Association fo... More »

A chest X-ray shows the lungs, heart, blood vessels and other structures inside the chest. If a person's chest X-ray is normal, the ribs and spine appear light and the air-filled lungs appear dark, according to the Natio... More »

Distinct black shadows on the lungs in X-rays result from air present abnormally between the inner border of the wall of the chest and the lung tissue border, as eMedicineHealth explains. Also known as pneumothorax, the ... More »

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Aortic valve stenosis occurs when the aortic valve narrows and obstructs blood flow from the heart into the aorta and onward to the rest of the body, explains Mayo Clinic. Treatment options include medication and surgery... More »

When an arteriovenous malformation occurs, the process in which arteries and veins transport blood between the heart and brain malfunctions, and jumbled blood vessels redirect the blood from the arteries to the veins, th... More »

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Catheter or cardiac ablation comes with several risks, including possible bleeding or infection and damaged blood vessels resulting from the insertion and progression of the catheter to the heart, according to Mayo Clini... More »

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To prepare for a coronary angiogram, which is a test involving the use of X-ray imaging to view photos of the heart's blood vessels, avoid eating or drinking anything past midnight one day prior to the test, recommends M... More »

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