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is an enlarged heart dangerous? could someone live a normal life?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
CHF: The cause of the enlarged heart 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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A 35-year-old member asked:

Should we be concerned about the potential for heart and/or cardiovascular problems?

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Dr. Timothy Ashley
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 15 years experience
Overall, yes: Not sure if you're concerned about a specific risk, but heart disease is consistently a leading killer throughout the west, and we know that reducing risks is important at all ages. A primary care provider can help you to assess your specific risks, but most people will benefit from a diet low in animal fats, regular moderate exercise, and identification/control of specific risks, e.g. High bp.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What is a 3rd degree heart block?

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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Bad stuff: Your heart rhythm is normally a carefully coordinated event that has a natural progression electrically to create an effective forceful heart beat. When you have 3rd degree block, it's completely discordant (ie nothing is working together) . When the different parts of the heart are doing their own thing without communicating properly, it's life threatening and requires a pacemaker
A 37-year-old member asked:

Does HRT cause or prevent heart and cerebrovascular disease?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Hrt: By hrt i'm assuming you mean hormone replacement therapy in women. While this once thought of as protective it no longer is considered as such . A large study of nurses found increased cardiovascular events in women on hrt.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How can I find my maximum heart rate when running?

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Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Take your pulse: At some point during peak exercise stop and take your pulse. Count the heartbeats over 10 seconds (and multiply by 6) or 15 seconds (and multiply by 4). This will give you beats per minute, which are the units to measure heart rate.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can heart damage resulting in bradycardia be repaired permanently?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Pacemakers: Pacemakers are the treatment for non-reversible bradycardia ....There are many instances of bradycardia are reversible (medicines) or temporary.

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