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Enlarged Heart Death
My husband has just been diagnosed with an enlarged heart he is very frightened that this is a death sentence can you live a long life if treated?
Sure: It all depends on the cause. As a physician to elite athletes, almost every heart i examine is a big one. Actually, mine is too from my fitness activities. All untreated hypertensive and (in a recent autopsy series) all fat people have big hearts. I've noticed that bodybuilders who aren't real athletes have big ones as well. One more time in which "size isn't the real issue!" glad you asked. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many: A big heart is often a weak heart or a cardiomyopathy. These can come from coronary disease, valvular disease, metabolic issues like thyroid disease, toxins, drugs and alcohol, iron overload, hiv, hepatitis, and sometimes for unknown reasons -- just to name a few. Seeing a cardiologist is recommended. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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