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Can the heart explode?
Several of the senior patients I work with have described their heart as "exploding".  Is this possible?  
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237039 tn?1264261657
I have heard it explained like this also.  But it can't literally "explode".  The vessels can burst and even rip.  I was watching a show recently when Hank Williams' young death was quoted as being caused because his heart "exploded".  He had sudden cardiac arrest.  His heart didn't explode, though.  
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No. The heart cannot explode. There is no way, shape or form for this to happen.
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This term is sometimes used when describing a cardiac rupture in which the necrotic or dead heart muscle from a previous MI will rupture causing an almost instant death.

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I was in the hospital after a tripple bypass I contracted staff and was in ICU after debreeding and I heard the nurse scream "Oh my god". I felt war liquid in my face. she jumped o top of me and stuck her thumb in to the hole in my heart. I was rolled back into surgery and my heart was stiched up. What is that called.  
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A story.
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159619 tn?1318997813
That's a myocardial rupture, see the link;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myocardial_rupture
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