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Dr. Michael Perez
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Enlarged Heart (Overview)

The heart is larger than normal, typically greater that 5.7 cm internally during filling phase. A thickened heart muscle (hypertrophy) of greater Than 1.1 cm may give the appearance of an enlarged heart on an x-ray


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Atrial septal aneurysm cause enlarged heart?

Atrial septal aneurysm cause enlarged heart?

Atrial septal aneury: Usually doesn't cause enlarged heart unless associated with another cardiac abnormality like atrial septal defect. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Perez
233 Doctors shared insights

Enlarged Heart (Overview)

The heart is larger than normal, typically greater that 5.7 cm internally during filling phase. A thickened heart muscle (hypertrophy) of greater Than 1.1 cm may give the appearance of an enlarged heart on an x-ray


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If you have a high bp, does it mean you have a enlarged heart?

If you have a high bp, does it mean you have a enlarged heart?

High BP: Untreated and longstanding high BP can cause your heart to "enlarge" - both in thickness of heart muscle and also dilatation of the ventricle and atria. Keep BP less than 140/90 and you can prevent heart failure. ...Read more

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A young person that developed an enlarged heart over time due to untreated H BP. Can this persons heart heal back to normall (With treated H BP)?

A young person that developed an enlarged heart over time due to untreated H BP. Can this persons heart heal back to normall (With treated H BP)?

Cardiomyopathy: Hypertensive cardiomyopathy causes thick heart muscles. Control blood pressure will slow the processs but the Herat size doesn't change back to normal size usually. ...Read more

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My grandfather, 83 years old suffered pneumonia and heart enlargement. What is the best way to treat this critical condition?

My grandfather, 83 years old suffered pneumonia and heart enlargement. What is the best way to treat this critical condition?

Need more info: Pneumonia & heart enlargement in his case may or may not have been related to each other. Treatment will depend on the type & severity of lung infection, results from investigations (chest xray, blood tests, echocardiogram etc.), cause of heart enlargement & overall patient's clinical picture. Please discuss it with your doctor to understand how these above factors relate to your grandfather. ...Read more

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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke
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Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol
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I was diagnosed with an enlarged heart when I was younger.... Should I be concerned at 39?

I was diagnosed with an enlarged heart when I was younger.... Should I be concerned at 39?

Possibly: It would be nice the exact diagnosis of your cardiomegaly (enlarged heart). Without that, it is really hard to tell on how severe and potentially dangerous your condition is. Please describe your symptoms and if you have any work up data, it would be helpful to review as well. ...Read more

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Is there accupressure treatment for enlarged heart valve with breathing difficulty?

Is there accupressure treatment for enlarged heart valve with breathing difficulty?

Stress/calm/balance: Although you can use acupressure to help calm yourself -it is not a treatment for this condition. ...Read more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily, and alert your doctor if your weight increases
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Take your medications as they are prescribed
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Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
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My son now has an enlarged heart. Could that be caused by the previous treatment that cured his wpw?

My son now has an enlarged heart. Could that be caused by the previous treatment that cured his wpw?

Unlikely: The typical treatment for wolff-parkinson-white syndrome is radio-ablation of an electrical pathway in the heart. Complication rates for the procedure range from 1.5% - 4% in the literature, but rarely lead to an enlarged heart. More likely however is a genetic association between WPW and congenital hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Talk with your pediatrician or family doctor about genetic testing. ...Read more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
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Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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Does drug taking cause an enlarged heart?

Does drug taking cause an enlarged heart?

Yes: Chemo therapeutic drugs like doxorubicin. Cyclophosphamide, antiarrhythmic drugs, beta blockers for hypertension, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, anesthetics like old halothane, anti depressives, and few others. The above categories of drugs can potentially induced or exacerbate chf. ...Read more

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Will exercise, sex, or drug use trigger heart enlargement or cardiomegaly?

Will exercise, sex, or drug use trigger heart enlargement or cardiomegaly?

Drugs can: There are many drugs associated with an enlarged heart. Some common ones...Alcohol can cause a dilated cardiomyopathy (the walls of the heart are stretched out and thin). Cocaine can cause heart attacks and "dead" areas of muscle in the wall, making the heart weaker and stretched out too. And any drug that causes high blood pressure can make the muscle wall thickened and the heart bigger that way. ...Read more

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Is there any medicines that can prevent an enlarged heart from growing bigger?

Is there any medicines that can prevent an enlarged heart from growing bigger?

Enlargement: 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 regarding diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Can an athlete get an enlarged heart just by over training?

Can an athlete get an enlarged heart just by over training?

Yes: Competitive athlete's typically get a particular type of heart enlargement called "athlete's heart." it is usually a benign adaptation to the athletic endeavors, and typically reverts to normal with either age or cessation of competitive activity. ...Read more

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What causes an enlarged heart? What causes an enlarged heart, and why are people with enlarged heart more at risk with their health?

What causes an enlarged heart? What causes an enlarged heart, and why are people with enlarged heart more at risk with their health?

Many possibilities: Whenever the heart isn't functioning at full capacity, whether due to a bad valve, weakened muscle, scar from heart attack, prolonged and abnormal rhythms, etc, it enlarges to try to compensate for his incapacity. Other things being equal, the larger the heart, the shorter the life expectancy. ...Read more

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My friend was born with an enlarged heart, it was hereditary, ran in the family, the heart is continuously growin. What type of meds can end growth?

My friend was born with an enlarged heart, it was hereditary, ran in the family, the heart is continuously growin. What type of meds can end growth?

HCMP: This is probably hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. It's fairly common and the clinical-pathological picture is widely variable. Some people will have no problems, some will need surgery, some will have medical management. It's actually the top of the cardiac septum that tends to overgrow the most, and this is the main problem most of the time. ...Read more

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Is an enlarged heart bad?

Possibly: Depending on the cause and severity. See your doctor or cardiologist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Is an enlarged heart harmful?

Is an enlarged heart harmful?

Possibly: Depending on the cause and severity. See your doctor or cardiologist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What's an enlarged heart big from?

What's an enlarged heart big from?

Hypertension: Hypertensiom is most common cause but there are many others. An echocardiogram & cardiology consultation should be undertaken. ...Read more

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Enlarged heart --what are symptoms?

Enlarged heart --what are symptoms?

Depends: An enlarged heart detected on cxr could be entirely asymptomatic. The most common cause is a thickened heart muscle due to hypertension. Rarer is a cardiomyopathy or a weakened heart. Those could be associated with signs and symptoms of congestive heart failure, namely shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness, swelling in legs. ...Read more

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Can "slightly" enlarged heart be normal?

Can "slightly" enlarged heart be normal?

Probably not: Heart size can be over-estimated by imaging such as x-ray. Echocardiography & MRI are the best methods. Enlarged heart is reported based on values from normal individuals. Depending on the size of the person or in athletic individuals, slightly enlarged heart may be normal. Symptoms, other echo findings & coexisting conditions determine importance of this finding. Discuss with doctor. ...Read more

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Does drug taking cause an enlarged heart?

Yes: Chemo therapeutic drugs like doxorubicin. Cyclophosphamide, antiarrhythmic drugs, beta blockers for hypertension, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, anesthetics like old halothane, anti depressives, and few others. The above categories of drugs can potentially induced or exacerbate chf. ...Read more

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Can an enlarged heart develope in one day?

Can an enlarged heart develope in one day?

You wouldn't expect: But it can! (rarely)
Extraordinary stress (I've seen it once when someone was lied to that their child was killed) can cause immediate (temporary!)
heart failure.
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/19039766
also,
Cocaine OD
Fluid overload...but. ..it's got to be a lot.
Oh, and blown out ventricle... like a bad tire wall...this can happen as a rare complication of a heart attack.
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Can you tell me how common is an enlarged heart?

Not uncommon: An enlarged heart is usually related to heart failure. It it seen in patients with high blood pressure, and some types of leaky valves. It is rarely a normal variant. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of an enlarged heart?

What are some of the symptoms of an enlarged heart?

Enlarged heart: An abnormally enlarged heart is called a dilated cardiomyopathy. Symptoms are typically those of heart failure, such as shortness of breath, fatigue, weakness, fluid retention, and sometimes chest pain or palpitations. You should see (and be followed by) a cardiologist, if you have an abnormally enlarged heart. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of having an enlarged heart?

What are the consequences of having an enlarged heart?

Congestive HF: Congestive heart failure would be consequence to be avoided. Get an echocardiogram & see a cardiologist if this is a concern. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of an enlarged heart or can you tell?

Depends: Enlarged heart can mean many different thinks: uncontrolled hypertension, prio heart attack, alcohol toxicity, heart failure, certain viral infections. So symptoms or lock of symptoms depend on etiology and severety of the "enlarged heart". Medically called: cardiomegaly, lvh, cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an enlarged heart I might feel?

Depends on cause.: You may not feel anything other than excercise intolerance, shortness of breath on excertion when the ejection fraction is low or the pulmonary artery pressures are high. Your heart may be enlarged on echocardiography because of cardiomyopathy. That is not a good finding with or without symptoms. In many occations symptoms occur too late. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Enlarged heart?

Enlarged: The heart is larger than normal, typically greater that 5.7 cm internally during filling phase. A thickened heart muscle (hypertrophy) of greater Than 1.1 cm may give the appearance of an enlarged heart on an x-ray ...Read more

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Is it possible to deacrese enlarged heart to more. Normal?

Is it possible to deacrese enlarged heart to more. Normal?

Yes: There is studies showing that depending on the cause some hypertrophic heart disease or enlarged heart can regress if cause is corrected such as stop drinking, treat blood pressure, stop using Cocaine or treat thyroid problems and irregular heart rhythms such tachycardia. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a person die from an enlarged heart?

Please tell me, could a person die from an enlarged heart?

Enlarged heart: In general an 'enlarged heart' implies something is wrong with the heart. This can be because of genetics, infection, high blood pressure, valve disease, ischemic heart disease, poisons, etc. It is certainly possible to die from an enlarged heart depending on the cause and the severity of the abnormalities. ...Read more

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Can an athlete get an enlarged heart just by over training?

Yes: Competitive athlete's typically get a particular type of heart enlargement called "athlete's heart." it is usually a benign adaptation to the athletic endeavors, and typically reverts to normal with either age or cessation of competitive activity. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are symptoms of enlarged heart?

DOE: Breathlessness with walking and easy fatigueability are the commonest symptoms. Depending on the severity, there may be other symptoms as well. ...Read more

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What are the physcial symptoms of an enlarged heart please?

What are the physcial symptoms of an enlarged heart please?

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. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the causes an enlarged heart?

Many things: Any disorder that results in impaired pumping capacity of the heart (reduced ejection fraction) or end-diastolic volume overload (such as mitral or aortic insufficiency) can result in left ventricular enlargement. Cardiac enlargement can also follow enlargement of other chambers - for other reasons, too numerous to list here. ...Read more

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What happens to a child with an enlarged heart as he grows up?

Need to know cause: An "enlarged" heart is not always a problem. As others have answered, athletes have "enlarged" hearts. On the other hand, all sorts of heart conditions can lead to an enlarged heart; some may be relatively minor while others are life-threatening. Please discuss this issue with a pediatrician/pediatric cardiologist as the answer depends on the specific cause. ...Read more

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Will an enlarged heart return back to normal without medication?

Will an enlarged heart return back to normal without medication?

Not usually: Once the process starts, an ongoing phenomenon called "remodeling" tends to keep things going in the wrong direction. Good medical therapy can often (but not always) halt or sometimes even reverse this process. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an enlarged heart? How is this treated?

What are the symptoms of an enlarged heart? How is this treated?

Enlarged heart: An abnormally enlarged heart is called a dilated cardiomyopathy. Symptoms are typically those of heart failure, such as shortness of breath, fatigue, weakness, fluid retention, and sometimes chest pain or palpitations. You should see (and be followed by) a cardiologist, if you have an abnormally enlarged heart. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Perez
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Heart Enlargement (Definition)

Heart enlargement is a clinical finding in which the heart is larger than normal. This is typically a result of heart failure or ...Read more