Polypus of the Heart.
A portion of the fibrin sometimes separates from the blood in the heart and large vessels, and becoming more or less organized, forms polypuses, which fill the cavities to which they are attached, and seriously obstruct the circulation.
Physical Signs. When the pulsations of the heart, previously regular, become suddenly anomalous, confused, and obscure, so that they cannot be analyzed, we may suspect a polypus.
General Symptoms. A sudden and great aggravation of the bad breathing, without any visible cause, the patient being in agony from a sense of impending suffocation, and tossing about from side to side, struggling for breath. The pulse small, weak, irregular, intermittent, and unequal; the surface and extremities cold; the face, livid, to which there is generally added nausea and vomiting.
Treatment. When the polypus is once formed, the case is hopeless. The treatment, therefore, can only be preventive.
The chief things to be done are, to keep the patient in a state of entire tranquility, and to bring the circulation to the surface, by keeping the skin warm, and excited by friction. This will call the blood away from the heart and great vessels, and lessen the chances of the polypus.
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