The Sternum, also named as the breastbone, is the bone that connects the ribs in front of the heart. Broken sternums are hurting and very slow to heal, with bed rest and anti-inflammatory medication being the most effective treatment. In cases of rigorous fracture, surgery may be needed along with a monitoring of the heart through electrocardiograms. If the sternal fracture interferes with breathing, mechanical ventilation through intubation may also be needed to lessen pressure from the lungs on the Sternum. Take a doctor’s appointment immediately if a sternal fracture is suspected. Take anti-inflammatory medication to reduce the pressure on the broken area of chest along with pain-relieving medication to reduce the stress caused by the pain associated with the fracture.

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