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

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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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


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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

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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?

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?

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?

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?

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

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