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Is it possible for prolonged anxiety to cause an enlarged heart and cardiomyopathy in children?

Is it possible for prolonged anxiety to cause an enlarged heart and cardiomyopathy in children?

Never.: Cardiomyopathy is a condition that can be inherited or it can be produced by a virus or it can be caused by an inherited metabolic problem.
It is a chronic disease that affects the heart muscle. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Would a cardiac MRI of shown a enlarged heart and cardiomyopathies? What about heart failure?

Would a cardiac MRI of shown a enlarged heart and cardiomyopathies? What about heart failure?

MRI: Yes an MRI can be used to diagnose enlarged heart, cardiomyopathy and heart failure. Another test that is often used to make these diagnoses is the echocardiogram. MRI uses magnets to image the heart and echocardiogram uses ultrasound. ...Read more

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Can a holt monitor detect enlarged heart or cardiomyopathy?

Can a holt monitor detect enlarged heart or cardiomyopathy?

No: It defeat disturbances in heart rhythm. An echocardiogram would help for the problems you mention. A plain ekg can also help. ...Read more

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Hello there, I suffer from anxiety and was told I had a borderline enlarged heart, I run alot, dr said it seems ok but will see cardilost - word help?

Hello there, I suffer from anxiety and was told I had a borderline enlarged heart, I run alot, dr said it seems ok but will see cardilost - word help?

Don't worry: It's a good idea to see a heart specialist. However, athletes (including runners) may have a mildly enlarged heart that is normal. It is best to be seen by a specialist to make that determination. ...Read more

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If my echo&x rays I had around 2 months ago were normal is there any reason to fear enlarged heart? Shortness of breath but I have anxiety

If my echo&x rays I had around 2 months ago were normal is there any reason to fear enlarged heart? Shortness of breath but I have anxiety

No: An echocardiogram is as good as it gets for identifying enlargement of the heart (cardiomegaly). This test also can detect congenital anomalies or functional problems with the heart. Xrays are pretty good for determining size, as well. If both of these tests were normal, you should not worry that you have an enlarged heart. ...Read more

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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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Enlarged heart caused by copd, what to do?

Enlarged heart caused by copd, what to do?

Depends: About 40% of patient with COPD can have a common form of heart failure which can be improved with a variety of medications. There is a smaller group of patients that have heart failure involving their right heart and those patient require special attention. You should make an appt with a pulmonologist to discuss the various treatment options. ...Read more

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What is the cause of an enlarged heart on xray?

What is the cause of an enlarged heart on xray?

You can no diagnose: Can not find the cause of enlarge heart on chest xray
you need a history, physical exam for any murmur, BP check, you may have to do ekg, echcardiogram etc to find the exact cause. Enlarge heart can be due to
1 hypertension
2valvular heart disease
3 cardiomyopathy
4ischemic heart disease
5congenital heart disease
6pulmonary hypertension
7anemia
8thyroid disease
9 hemochromatosis
10arrythmias
11amyloi. ...Read more

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I have an enlarged heart caused by copd, what to do?

I have an enlarged heart caused by copd, what to do?

Good meds and oxygen: Common in severe copd. This is caused by pulmonary hypertension from possible hypoxia. I would rec for you to follow up with your md. Use your inhalers and have them check your oxygen levels at rest/walking and sleeping. Watch for leg swelling as well. ...Read more

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What are some reasons that causes an enlarged heart, besides smoking and hbp?

What are some reasons that causes an enlarged heart, besides smoking and hbp?

Enlarged heart: Enlarged heart has many causes. There are congenital causes, infectious causes, valve problems. There are inflammatory disease problems also. Marathon runners and other endurance athletes get enlarged hearts. Lots of potential causes............... ...Read more

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Can living at a higher altitude for example el. Paso texas cause. Mild. Right heart enlargement? Is that even possible?

Maybe: High altitude has lower oxygen content so living at high altitude causes adaptive changes to compensate for this. Heart size and function are some of these changes. This is why some people train in high altitude prior to competition. A heart condition can be exacerbated or improved by changes in altitude. ...Read more

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How much daily alcohol would a woman have to consume to cause enlarged heart? Approximately.

How much daily alcohol would a woman have to consume to cause enlarged heart? Approximately.

Alcohol: People vary their sensitivity to alcohol depending on their genetic makeup. I don't think that there's evidence for minimum and maximum doses. ...Read more

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If anemia (1 1/2 years) is the cause of enlarged heart and anemia is corrected will heart most likely return to normal?

If anemia (1 1/2 years) is the cause of enlarged heart and anemia is corrected will heart most likely return to normal?

Yes: Why do you ask? Talk about "dangers of an enlarged heart" is mostly sub science. Apart from a few uncommon illnesses in which the heart is big secondary to abnormal shape, big is not dangerous. When I am in athletic training, my own heart becomes noticeably larger and I welcome this. ...Read more

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

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 are the causes and consequences of having an enlarged heart?

What are the causes and consequences of having an enlarged heart?

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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What is the cause of an enlarged heart and what can you do to stop getting it enlarged? Is there a specific diet to follow?

What is the cause of an enlarged heart and what can you do to stop getting it enlarged? Is there a specific diet to follow?

Blood pressure: The most common cause is high blood pressure and controlling your BP will help so eating a low salt diet, and exercising. Also you may need medication to control BP. ...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 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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What can cause tiredness, breathlessness on exertion, and an enlarged heart?

What can cause tiredness, breathlessness on exertion, and an enlarged heart?

Congestive heart fai: Those symptoms are consistent with CHF for any of many reasons. Dilated cardiomyopathy, mitral insufficiency, aortic insufficiency are but three of many possibilities. ...Read more

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Why is it that the "hole in the heart" condition causes tiredness, breathlessness on exertion, and an enlarged heart?

Why is it that the "hole in the heart" condition causes tiredness, breathlessness on exertion, and an enlarged heart?

Due to pressure.: Normal blood flow is one direction and controlled by valves in your heart and no direct comunication between r/l side of heart.
Now if you have a hole then flow is not normal anymore. Some blood may bypass the lungs and not get enough oxygen. The pressure now is also different and can cause enlargement of chambers over a period of time. Need echo and see heart md. ...Read more

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Can episodic high blood pressure cause an enlarged heart?

Can episodic high blood pressure cause an enlarged heart?

The commonly: Accepted answer is that LABILE (episodic) hypertension does not cause hypertensive heart disease...I believe that has been "debunked" and the general answer now is that there are medications which regularize episodic hypertension AFTER the REASON for this blood pressure picture is determined and certain medical conditions ruled out!
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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What does abnormal right axis deviation mean? Qrs axis >100 what are the causes of this? I have asd and Asa. Does it mean enlarged heart or asd worse?

What does abnormal right axis deviation mean? Qrs axis >100 what are the causes of this? I have asd and Asa. Does it mean enlarged heart or asd worse?

See my earlier post: RAD means that the electrical impulses arising from the right ventricle are abnormally strong and suggest that your ASD is volume overloading and overworking your RV. AS I said earlier, you need the left to right shunt quantified by echo and corrected if >1.5:1. ...Read more

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Too much cholesterol and high uric acid in the blood can cause heart enlargement? My heart enlarged a liitle bit. I'm suffering from high blood.130/100

Too much cholesterol and high uric acid in the blood can cause heart enlargement? My heart enlarged a liitle bit. I'm suffering from high blood.130/100

No: Uric acid is a marker for heart disease but does not cause heart disease. Elevated cholesterol at your age (unless you have an inherited form with very high levels) is probably not the cause. See a cardiologist. At your age an inherited valve problem, viral infection, neurologic disease, or autoimmune disease are the likely cause. This can also be normal if you are athletic. ...Read more

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Why does having a hole in the heart cause tiredness, breathlessness on exertion, and an enlarged heart?

Why does having a hole in the heart cause tiredness, breathlessness on exertion, and an enlarged heart?

Hole in the heart: Because the heart cannot work as well if there is a hole in it.
What makes you ask the question?
Surelty the doctor who is caring for you has discussed hole in the heart with you.

If you are asking on behalf of a friend or family member please tell the above info. ...Read more

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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

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Can obstructive sleep apnea cause a mild right heart enlargement? With everything else normal on the echo. Just slightly enlarged but I have osa...

Can obstructive sleep apnea cause a mild right heart enlargement? With everything else normal on the echo. Just slightly enlarged but I have osa...

Yes: Sleep apnea, if untreated, can cause right heart pressure to go up and eventually cause enlargement. Make sure that you are following up with your doctor's treatment plan. ...Read more

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33 y/o athletic male with chest pains that go away with excessive water intake, an enlarged heart and heart murmur since the age of 8, occasionally feels as if his veins are on fire, and at times will have visibly protruding veins. What could be the cause

33 y/o athletic male with chest pains that go away with excessive water intake, an enlarged heart and heart murmur since the age of 8, occasionally feels as if his veins are on fire, and at times will have visibly protruding veins. What could be the cause

Mgt: There are several cardiac conditions that can cause an enlarged heart, and some appear to have a genetic association. I would recommend having an EKG and a visit with your cardiologist as soon as possible. If you are experiencing chest pain currently, the ED is available to treat you immediately. ...Read more

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

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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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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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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What to do if I have an enlarged heart. I've heard it never shrinks. Is this true?

What to do if I have an enlarged heart. I've heard it never shrinks. Is this true?

Enlarged heart: 'Enlarged heart' is a generic terminology. What it means and what happens with it depends on what kind of enlargement is present and the reason for the enlargement. Endurance athletes have a physiologic enlargement of their hearts, pathologic cardiac enlargement is caused by many conditions and can have various courses of evolution. ...Read more

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How should a patient with enlarged heart behave?

How should a patient with enlarged heart behave?

Normally: All fat people, almost all people with inadequately treated high blood pressure, most people whose hearts are beginning to fail, and all serious aerobic athletes have enlarged hearts. In addition, there are a variety of illnesses that produce heart enlargment. As in the other answer, there's no one-size-fits-all piece of guidance -- just be proactive and learn about your own situation. Good luck. ...Read more

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How to reverse heart enlargement and make it smaller?

Enlarged heart: The answer depends on the cause of the enlarged heart and whether it is acute or chronic. A cardiologist with knowledge of your condition can address your concerns. ...Read more

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Why would my fetus have an enlarged heart? Did I do something wrong?

Why would my fetus have an enlarged heart? Did I do something wrong?

Possibly: Majority causes of fetal cardiomegaly is cardiac and anemic in origin. It carried high-perinatal mortality depending on the causes. Structural heart defect or congenital heart disease could have genetic or familial causes, but it would not be something that the mother is directly responsible other than genetics which she cannot control. Enlarged heart has been linked to fetal alcohol syndrome. ...Read more

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Is it true that an enlarged heart and an unfolding aorta are very danergrous?

Is it true that an enlarged heart and an unfolding aorta are very danergrous?

Risk high: This findings suggest HTN and atherosclerosis. This can lead to aneurysms of aorta dissection and not to mention heart attack frm other risk factors like diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension
please be under doctors care for follow up and aorta measurements by echo/ cat scan. ...Read more

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Please tell me if an enlarged heart and an unfolding aorta is very danergrous?

Signs: By themselves, they're not dangerous but they're signs that the individual has arteriosclerosis and underlying heart disease that needs to be further defined and investigated. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Perez
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Enlarged Heart (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Dr. Barton Cook
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Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

A disease that weakens and enlarges the muscle surrounding the heart. It is a condition that makes it harder for the heart to pump blood and deliver ...Read more