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Dr. Michael Perez
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Enlarged Heart (Overview)

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 heart on an x-ray


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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

Dr. Michael Perez
233 doctors shared insights

Enlarged Heart (Overview)

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 heart on an x-ray


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If you have a high bp, does it mean you have a enlarged heart?

If you have a high bp, does it mean you have a enlarged heart?

High BP: Untreated and longstanding high BP can cause your heart to "enlarge" - both in thickness of heart muscle and also dilatation of the ventricle and atria. Keep BP less than 140/90 and you can prevent heart failure. ...Read more

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A young person that developed an enlarged heart over time due to untreated H BP.Can this persons heart heal back to normall(With treated H BP ) ?

A young person that developed an enlarged heart over time due to untreated H BP.Can this persons heart heal back to normall(With treated H BP ) ?

Cardiomyopathy: Hypertensive cardiomyopathy causes thick heart muscles. Control blood pressure will slow the processs but the Herat size doesn't change back to normal size usually. ...Read more

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My grandfather, 83 years old suffered pneumonia and heart enlargement.What is the best way to treat this critical condition?

My grandfather, 83 years old suffered pneumonia and heart enlargement.What is the best way to treat this critical condition?

Need more info: Pneumonia & heart enlargement in his case may or may not have been related to each other. Treatment will depend on the type & severity of lung infection, results from investigations (chest xray, blood tests, echocardiogram etc.), cause of heart enlargement & overall patient's clinical picture. Please discuss it with your doctor to understand how these above factors relate to your grandfather. ...Read more

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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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Stop smoking and avoid second-hand smoke
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Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol
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I was diagnosed with an enlarged heart when I was younger.... Should I be concerned at 39?

I was diagnosed with an enlarged heart when I was younger.... Should I be concerned at 39?

Possibly: It would be nice the exact diagnosis of your cardiomegaly (enlarged heart). Without that, it is really hard to tell on how severe and potentially dangerous your condition is. Please describe your symptoms and if you have any work up data, it would be helpful to review as well. ...Read more

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Is there accupressure treatment for enlarged heart valve with breathing difficulty?

Is there accupressure treatment for enlarged heart valve with breathing difficulty?

Stress/calm/balance: Although you can use acupressure to help calm yourself -it is not a treatment for this condition. ...Read more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily. Alert doctor to any increases.
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Take medications as prescribed
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Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
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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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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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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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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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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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Can an athlete get an enlarged heart just by over training?

Can an athlete get an enlarged heart just by over training?

Yes: Competitive athlete's typically get a particular type of heart enlargement called "athlete's heart." it is usually a benign adaptation to the athletic endeavors, and typically reverts to normal with either age or cessation of competitive activity. ...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 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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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

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