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Doctor insights on: Enlarged Heart Causes Athletes

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What causes athletes to have sudden heart attacks/cardiac arrest?

What causes athletes to have sudden heart attacks/cardiac arrest?

Strctural heart dis: Sudden cardiac arrest is usually due to conduction disease or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Pete maravich died of coronary artery disease during a pick up game. It turns out he only had 1 coronary artery. It is the main reason athletes at all levels have preliminary cardiac clearence. ...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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Can enlarged cardiac valves cause dizziness?

Can enlarged cardiac valves cause dizziness?

Enlarged valves?: Stenotic valves can cause dizziness but valves don't enlarge they may get stretched & leak but not enlarged. ...Read more

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What heart conditions can cause ectopic heart beats?

What heart conditions can cause ectopic heart beats?

Many: Ectopy can be seen in normal hearts with no apparent disease. There are many cardiac conditions such as ischemia, heart failure, inflammation, scar and heart attach that are associated with ectopy. ...Read more

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What causes sweating in coronary heart disease?

Fight or Flight: Sweating occurs due to activation of the symptomatic nervous system with a "fight or flight" response. Researchers have discovered that sweating appears to be the symptom that prompts more people suffering a heart attack to get to the hospital. ...Read more

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Got heart palpitations. Could hypertrophic cardiomyopathy be the cause?

Got heart palpitations. Could hypertrophic cardiomyopathy be the cause?

It is possible: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can cause palpitations. Some are benign. However, ventricular arrhythmia is possible. You need to discuss with your cardiologist about your risks. ...Read more

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What causes heart palpations?

What causes heart palpations?

Many possibilites: Palpitations is a common symptom but unfortunately the diagnosis is challenging. Alot of things can cause it. It can be something simple as a anxiety, or something much broader like abnormal heart rhythms. Some abnormal heart rhythms are quite benign, some are quite serious. So it's tough to say whats causing your palpitations without a thorough evaluation. Good luck! ...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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What causes heart arrhythmia?

Many causes: Anything from an extra cup of coffee, to an odd mitral valve (mine makes my heart go off like an alarm clock if i forget to exercise) to the quivering death throes of a heart in massive heart attack. Whole books are written; thankfully we can do a lot more today for hearts that beat in odd ways. ...Read more

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Small left sided heart with abnormal septal motion in ventricle EF 60-65% heart is normal including thickness. Possible pulmonary hypertension cause?

Small left sided heart with abnormal septal motion in ventricle EF 60-65% heart is normal including thickness. Possible pulmonary hypertension cause?

MRI: If you have severe pulmonary hypertension, you may have Primary Pulmonary Hypertension. This is potentially a serious diagnosis. Intracardiac and intrapulmonary shunting must be ruled out. A cardiac MRI and nuclear shunt test can make this determination. These tests are likely only available at a major referral center - London. Good luck. ...Read more

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What causes heart blockage?

What causes heart blockage?

How and causes! : Cholesterol accumulation, inflammation and ultimately blood clot formation! genetic abnormalities, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, lack of exercise, obesity and chronic teeth/ gum disease can all lead to blockage. ...Read more

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Does thyrotoxicosis causes heart murmurs?

Does thyrotoxicosis causes heart murmurs?

High flow: Yes, this is common. Thyrotoxicosis increases cardiac output and the increased flow of blood can often create a "flow murmur". Although your doctor may want to do an echo to check it out, a flow murmur from hyperthyroidism is benign and usually goes away with treatment of the thyroid. ...Read more

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What causes increased heart rate?

What causes increased heart rate?

There are multiple: Heart rate usually increases in response to increased demands such as exercise. It may also increase in response to decreased heart function where the higher rate makes up for less blood pumped with each beat. Other diseases, such as hyperthyroidism, can cause an increased heart rate. Fast rhythms can also originate from abnormalities within the heart's electrical system. ...Read more

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What causes heart murmurs, palpitations and a faster than normal heart beat?

What causes heart murmurs, palpitations and a faster than normal heart beat?

Stimulants: Stimulants increase the heart rate and make the heart more irritable and prone to irregular rhythms that would be perceived as palpitations. In addition to increasing the heart rate, some increase the strenght of the hear beat resulting in more blood being pumped that may cause a murmur, even in the absence of a heart defect. These stimulant may be ingested substances or internally produced. ...Read more

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Does heart worms cause cardiomyopathy?

Does heart worms cause cardiomyopathy?

Heart worms: You need to ask a veterinarian that question :-) i believe heart worms pose a mechanical problem by "filling up" the cavities of the heart. ...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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What causes heart rate fluctuations?

What causes heart rate fluctuations?

Heart rate: Heart rate normally varies depending on supply and demand for cardiac output. Drugs, conditioning and other things can also cause heart rate change up or down. ...Read more

Dr. Jordan Steinberg
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Athlete (Definition)

Ath·lete n. A person possessing the natural or acquired traits, such as strength, agility, and endurance, that are necessary for physical exercise or sports, especially those ...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