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What are the consequences of having an enlarged heart?

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Dr. Islam Abudayyeh
Dr. Islam Abudayyehanswered
Cardiology 21 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.
Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 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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What are the causes and consequences of having an enlarged heart?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
CHF: The cause of the enlarged heart and pleural effusion is what dictates the outcome from such a situation. If you have a very weak heart with congestive heart failure and both sides of the heart malfunctioning to cause this, that is very serious. If you have some more benign situation which is also possible could be less serious. You need to discuss with your doctor.

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