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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?

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 more

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Dr. Michael Perez
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Heart Enlargement (Definition)

Heart enlargement is also known as Enlarged heart. 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


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Will an enlarged heart return back to normal without medication?

Will an enlarged heart return back to normal without medication?

Not usually: Once the process starts, an ongoing phenomenon called "remodeling" tends to keep things going in the wrong direction. Good medical therapy can often (but not always) halt or sometimes even reverse this process. ...Read more

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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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What are the different ways a person can end up with an enlarged heart?

What are the different ways a person can end up with an enlarged heart?

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 more

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Enlarged heart --what are symptoms?

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 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 are the consequences of having an enlarged heart?

What are the consequences of having an enlarged heart?

Congestive HF: Congestive heart failure would be consequence to be avoided. Get an echocardiogram & see a cardiologist if this is a concern. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are symptoms of enlarged heart?

DOE: Breathlessness with walking and easy fatigueability are the commonest symptoms. Depending on the severity, there may be other symptoms as well. ...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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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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Enlarged Heart (Definition)

An enlarged heart is a clinical finding in which the heart is larger than in a normal, healthy person. This can ...Read more