Metastatic Cancer to the Heart
Review of the Literature and Report of 127 Cases
A review of the literature of metastatic cancer to the heart is presented, and a new classification offered.
Autopsy data of The New York Hospital have been analyzed. In the 7-year period, 1947 to 1953, in 694 deaths from cancer, an over-all incidence of 18.3 per cent (127 cases) of metastases to the heart was observed. In a group of 169 cases of lymphoma, leukemia, and myeloma, there was an incidence of 36 per cent (61 cases) of metastases to the heart. In the remaining 525 cases, there was an incidence of 12.6 per cent (66 cases) of metastases to the heart. In 61 of these, gross lesions were present, an incidence of 11.6 per cent (61 cases) of gross metastases to the heart. These figures are comparable to those reported in other series.
- © 1960 American Heart Association, Inc.