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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
Cardiac Enlargement: That is a great question and your cardiologist (you should have one) would advise you based on the type of enlargement. At 41 years old you should not have congestive heart failure and an echocardiogram would show what part of your heart is enlarged. There are cases where strenuous exercise is prohibited. In short, you should not get any advice without knowing more about your condition. ...Read more
I recently am diagnosed with asd and cardiomegaly at age 22. Should i be taking any medications for this condition until the surgery in 6 months?
Cardiomegaly: If you really have cardiomegaly it requires a diagnosis of why you have it. Many causes of cardiomegaly are compatible with exercise. Lots of aerobic exercise can cause some cardiomegaly. If your Doc can't explain the cardiomegaly to you, a cardiologist to work you up would be a good idea. Maybe you don't have cardiomegaly...it means enlarged heart. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Sickled RBC's: The spleen not only helps in processing antigens to help wbc's fight infection, it also acts as a "stress test" for rbc's, weeding out the weaker and older ones for recycling. As rbc's "sickle", they cause clumps in the vessels, this is what causes the pain in the joints/chest and also what causes the spleen to swell. If happens in the coronary arteries, can weaken the heart and enlarge it. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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