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Cardiomegaly (Overview)

This one's simple. Cardiomegaly is simply an enlarged heart. Many things can cause it and a more specific description would involve knowing a lot more about a patient's specific situation.


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What is the cause of cardiomegaly?

What is the cause of cardiomegaly?

Many: Many causes :virus or alcohol or obesity or hypertension or clogged coronary arteries to name a few. ...Read more

Cardiomegaly (Overview)

This one's simple. Cardiomegaly is simply an enlarged heart. Many things can cause it and a more specific description would involve knowing a lot more about a patient's specific situation.


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Chest xray result is cardiomegaly and atheromatous aorta, what does it mean?

Chest xray result is cardiomegaly and atheromatous aorta, what does it mean?

Needs evaluation: Non specific findings. The cardiomegaly needs to be followed up and the reason for it and whether it is truly present need to be determeind. The atheroma is a marker of vascular disease and again can be followed up. Need to see your physician re both af these, but not a cause for panic. ...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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How should I treat cardiomegaly with water retention, pitting edema, and dyspnea?

How should I treat cardiomegaly with water retention, pitting edema, and dyspnea?

Diuresis/peeing: This question describes the symptoms of heart failure and should be evaluated by a physician/nurse practitioner - esp if this is a new problem. However, the usual treatment will be managing fluid intake (mostly by managing salt consumption) and through increasing diuresis/peeing through medications. ...Read more

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If a had 2 attacks before 2 yrs and now cardiomegaly & lungs with water& shortness in breath is treated by dr. (medicine)¬ by cardiologist is it ok?

If a had 2 attacks before 2 yrs and now cardiomegaly & lungs with water& shortness in breath is treated by dr. (medicine)¬ by cardiologist is it ok?

Yes a cardiologist: What you describe, and likely congestive heart failure is best managed by a board certified cardiologist. These are disturbing signs and must be attended to asap. Best of luck! ...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 mom had 2 attacks before a year. Then she had cardiomegaly, lungs with water&short breathing. A doctor (medicine) was treating. She died in 6 days. Why?

My mom had 2 attacks before a year. Then she had cardiomegaly, lungs with water&short breathing. A doctor (medicine) was treating. She died in 6 days. Why?

Acute heart failure: I am so sorry for your recent loss --

it sounded like your mom had major damages from multiple heart attacks and most likely died from acute heart failure. ...Read more

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What should be the treatment on cardiomegaly?

What should be the treatment on cardiomegaly?

Cardiomegaly: This is a generalized term for enlargement of the heart. Treatment depends on the cause of the cardiac enlargement. ...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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Is moderate cardiomegaly is very harmful? We go for immediate treatment after diagonosis

Is moderate cardiomegaly is very harmful? We go for immediate treatment after diagonosis

Cardiomegaly: The term cardiomegaly, by itself, means large heart. It generally refers to overgrowth of the muscle and chamber. A normal sized heart should be about the size of your fist. Cardiomegaly can be a sign of cause of heart failure, which can be a dangerous condition. Some diagnostic tests are more reliable than others in diagnosing this condition. Would see cardiologist as soon as possible. ...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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What is cardiomegaly?

Big Heart: Cardiomegaly simply means the heart is larger than expected. This can be from many things....High blood pressure, congenital problems, metabolic problems, etc. Sometimes it can be nothing to worry about, but other times can put the heart at higher risk for abnormal rhythms or even heart attacks. Your doctor should be able to tell you why the heart is large, and what to do about it (if anything). ...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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How can I get cardiomegaly without high blood pressure?

How can I get cardiomegaly without high blood pressure?

There are many cause: Enlarged hearts as seen on echo cardiography or xray have many different causes, including infections and valve diseases. More information will be obtained when you see a physician for the condition. ...Read more

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How bad is fetal cardiomegaly?

How bad is fetal cardiomegaly?

Bad: One publication looked at 93 cases of fetal cardiomegaly. It reported that 50% of the cases were due to heart problems, and 43% were due to genetic-mutation anemias. The perinatal mortality rate (percent of babies that died during the second half of pregnancy or during the first month after birth) was a big 70%. ...Read more

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What is cardiomegaly?

Big Heart: Cardiomegaly simply means the heart is larger than expected. This can be from many things....High blood pressure, congenital problems, metabolic problems, etc. Sometimes it can be nothing to worry about, but other times can put the heart at higher risk for abnormal rhythms or even heart attacks. Your doctor should be able to tell you why the heart is large, and what to do about it (if anything). ...Read more

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Is cardiomegaly reversible?

Is cardiomegaly reversible?

Depends on the cause: Cardiomegaly is an enlarged heart. This could be relatively normal, as in an athlete, or due to a more serious problem. It needs further definition, usually with an echocardiogram, to determine the cause. Cardiomegaly is usually a secondary issue. Find the primary issue causing the cardiomegaly and fix that, if you can. This needs a doctor visit. ...Read more

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What is the cause of cardiomegaly?

Many: Many causes :virus or alcohol or obesity or hypertension or clogged coronary arteries to name a few. ...Read more

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Why might be signs of cardiomegaly?

Why might be signs of cardiomegaly?

None per se: Cardiomegaly simply means heart enlargement, which is a physiologic compensatory mechanism. By itself, it may have no symptoms. It's the cause of the cardiomegaly that needs to be defined, and then the appropriate treatment options become evident. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can having cardiomegaly and bbb be dangerous?

Yes: Tough combination to have. Increased risk for sudden death from arrythmia and heart failure. ...Read more

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What does "cardiomegaly in transverse diameter" mean?

Cardiomegaly: Usually this means that measuring the width of the heart in an anteroposterior projection (facing the camera)chest xray the width measurement is a bit increased. This can mean something is wrong or it can be an artifact caused by improper distance from the detector. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cardiomegaly?

Large heart: This one's simple. Cardiomegaly is simply an enlarged heart. Many things can cause it and a more specific description would involve knowing a lot more about a patient's specific situation. ...Read more

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Cardiomegaly is a condition making it dangerous to exercise?

Cardiomegaly is a condition making it dangerous to exercise?

Yes: Cardiomegaly or enlarged heart is a result of some underlying condition. It may affect how the heart functions therefore anything that increases the work of the heart, i.e. Exercise, can influence the ability of the heart to function properly. Always, always check with your doctor about your individual situation with this condition. ...Read more

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Please help! I want to know the meaning of cardiomegaly in transverse diameter.?

Please help! I want to know the meaning of cardiomegaly in transverse diameter.?

Cardiomegaly: It means measuring across the heart in the frontal plane yields an increased transverse length or diameter. ...Read more

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What is life expectancy for someone with cardiomegaly?

What is life expectancy for someone with cardiomegaly?

Highly variable: 30 years ago, life expectancy was severely shortened for people with cardiomegaly (an enlarged heart) but with modern treatments, it's much improved. Beyond that vague answer, we would need more details to be more specific. ...Read more

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What's the specific meaning of cardiomegaly atheromatous aorta?

What's the specific meaning of cardiomegaly atheromatous aorta?

Big heart: Cardiomegaly simply means a big heart. If found dictated on an x-ray report, it can be due to the x-ray technique and not an abnormality, per se. Atheromatous aorta means that there are cholesterol plaques seen in the aorta. Again, if read from a chest x-ray report, this typically means some calcified cholesterol deposits are present. ...Read more

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If someone has mi with cardiomegaly, would cpr revive the person?

If someone has mi with cardiomegaly, would cpr revive the person?

It can: Would do CPR if someone has a cardiac arrest and becomes unconscious with no pulse. If there is a pulse, no need for chest compressions. ...Read more

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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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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