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What are the consequences of having an enlarged heart?

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Dr. Islam Abudayyeh
Dr. Islam Abudayyehanswered
Cardiology 22 years experience
Depends on cause: A large heart can be due to a valve issue (aortic valve regurgitating), a cardiomyopathy, or pressure etc. As the heart becomes larger, it also becomes less efficient, and unable to shunt blood through the valves properly. Also a risk for greater oxygen demand and dangerous arrhythmia. Correct medications (ace-i, beta blockers, aldactone) as well as treating the underlying conditions is important.
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Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 23 years experience
Congestive HF: Congestive heart failure would be consequence to be avoided. Get an echocardiogram & see a cardiologist if this is a concern.
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