Cardiac Trauma


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Expiration Date

28 Feb 2026

Last Reviewed

1 Mar 2023

Estimated Time To Finish

60 Minutes

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Activity Description

Cardiac trauma can be categorized as either blunt or penetrating according to the mechanism of injury. Outcomes range from spontaneously-resolving arrhythmias to lethal injury. Those with lethal injuries often succumb quickly, with an estimate that 90 percent of individuals with lethal injuries expire before arriving at a hospital. Of those that make it to the hospital, survival is estimated at between 20 and 75 percent. This activity reviews the evaluation, management, and treatment of cardiac trauma and highlights the role of the interprofessional team in caring for affected patients.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Review common mechanisms of injury associated with cardiac trauma.
  • Explain how to evaluate a patient for cardiac trauma.
  • Describe management options for patients with cardiac trauma.
  • Outline interprofessional team strategies for enhancing care coordination and communication in order to improve rapid diagnosis and management of cardiac trauma and improve patient outcomes.


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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, and StatPearls, LLC. The Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University designates this activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is reported to the following Maintenance of Certification (MOC) boards:
American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Cardiac Anesthesia
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • General Operative Anesthesia
  • Trauma
American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
American Board of Pathology
  • Cardiovascular
American Board of Pediatrics
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • General Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine

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  5. Complete the post-activity assessment.
  6. Obtain a certificate.

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