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My friend has an enlarged heart , they were born that way . An over time it has gotten bigger , what can they do to prevent it from growing larger .

My friend has an enlarged heart , they were born that way . An over time it has gotten bigger , what can they do to prevent it  from growing larger .

Enlarged heart: Your friend needs to be followed by a cardiologist, they need to be on medications to reduce the afterload on the heart and delay it getting larger. It may still happen with time as the muscles get weaker, but the cardiologist can discuss all options with them. ...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


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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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If you we're born with an enlarged heart an it's grown bigger over time how much life expectancy do you have to live?

If you we're born with an enlarged heart  an it's grown bigger over time how much life expectancy do you have to live?

Depends: Cardiomegaly isn't a diagnosis. It can be caused by a broad range of things, like birth defects, problems with transition from the fetal circulation, heart rhythm problems, fetal medication exposure or intrauterine infection. Longterm outcomes with respect to symptoms, life expectancy and any need for treatment, intervention or activity restrictions all depend on the specific heart condition. ...Read more

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In 1967 my son was born with an enlarged heart and a hairlip he only lived for 4 days i took bendicton for morning sickness is there a connection?

In 1967  my son was born with an enlarged heart and a hairlip he only lived for 4 days i took bendicton for morning sickness is there a connection?

Doubtful: Bendectin, now called Diclegis (doxylamine succinate + pyridoxine hydrochloride) there is apparently no connection between this medication and midline defects and the fda has recently approved it as safe for use in pregnant women. www.nytimes.com/2013/04/09/us/morning-sickness-drug-returns.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=1& anyway, although it was a long time ago, i'm really sorry for your loss. ...Read more

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Nicu wants echo cardiography for heart enlargement of baby. So worried?

Nicu wants echo cardiography for heart enlargement of baby. So worried?

Relax.: Let the pediatric cardiologists evaluate your newborn's heart with echo before freaking out; a large heart may be nothing but a variation of normal. ...Read more

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My daughter in law went for a 33 week sonogram of her baby's heart due to a previous child's heart defect (from a previous marriage). Showed enlarged Heart, but all function and formation of the heart normal. Should they be concerned?

My daughter in law went for a 33 week sonogram of her baby's heart due to a previous child's heart defect (from a previous marriage).  Showed enlarged Heart, but all function and formation of the heart normal.  Should they be concerned?

Contradictory: If the baby's heart is significantly enlarged, then the formation of the heart isn't entirely normal. Perhaps her OB means that, while the baby's heart is enlarged, the structure is otherwise normal. The question of concern should be addressed with your daughter-in-law's obstetrician. Serial sonograms may be indicated to follow the development of the baby's heart. ...Read more

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I have congestive heart failure and enlarged heart a pacemaker /defibrillator.I'm 26 years old. I was diagnosed six years ago.Can I have another baby?

I have congestive heart failure and enlarged heart a pacemaker /defibrillator.I'm 26 years old. I was diagnosed six years ago.Can I have another baby?

Hard to say: You need to discuss this with a cardiologist experienced with pregnancy issues as well as a high risk obstetrician. Your answer is likely to be highly individualized. ...Read more

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Is an enlarged heart bad?

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?

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

Dr. Michael Perez
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Enlarged Heart (Definition)

An enlarged heart is a clinical finding in which the heart is larger than in a normal, healthy person. This can ...Read more