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Nicu wants echo cardiography for heart enlargement of baby. So worried?

Nicu wants echo cardiography for heart enlargement of baby. So worried?

Relax.: Let the pediatric cardiologists evaluate your newborn's heart with echo before freaking out; a large heart may be nothing but a variation of normal. ...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


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My daughter in law went for a 33 week sonogram of her baby's heart due to a previous child's heart defect (from a previous marriage). Showed enlarged Heart, but all function and formation of the heart normal. Should they be concerned?

My daughter in law went for a 33 week sonogram of her baby's heart due to a previous child's heart defect (from a previous marriage).  Showed enlarged Heart, but all function and formation of the heart normal.  Should they be concerned?

Contradictory: If the baby's heart is significantly enlarged, then the formation of the heart isn't entirely normal. Perhaps her OB means that, while the baby's heart is enlarged, the structure is otherwise normal. The question of concern should be addressed with your daughter-in-law's obstetrician. Serial sonograms may be indicated to follow the development of the baby's heart. ...Read more

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I have congestive heart failure and enlarged heart a pacemaker /defibrillator.I'm 26 years old. I was diagnosed six years ago.Can I have another baby?

I have congestive heart failure and enlarged heart a pacemaker /defibrillator.I'm 26 years old. I was diagnosed six years ago.Can I have another baby?

Hard to say: You need to discuss this with a cardiologist experienced with pregnancy issues as well as a high risk obstetrician. Your answer is likely to be highly individualized. ...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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What are the causes and consequences of having an enlarged heart?

What are the causes and consequences of having an enlarged heart?

CHF: The cause of the enlarged heart and pleural effusion 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. ...Read more

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How is heart enlargement treated?

How is heart enlargement treated?

Enlarged Heart: Treatment depends on the cause of enlargement. Common causes of an enlarged and weakened heart include high blood pressure (control blood pressure), coronary artery disease/heart attacks (treat coronary artery disease), valvular heart disease (usually repair valve), arrhythmia (control rapid heart beating), and alcohol. Sometimes, no specific cause can be found for an enlarged weakened heart. ...Read more

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How bad is angina and enlarged heart?

How bad is angina and enlarged heart?

Depends om severity: Not sure on severity but both are not good. Angina may be stable or unstable. Enlarged heart can be due to many things but ischemic or poor circulation most common in usa. Medications may help relieve symptoms on both. Need to determine severity and see cardiologist. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of heart enlargement?

What are the symptoms of heart enlargement?

Heart failure?: Not all enlarge heart are failing hearts. Not all enlarge hearts have symptoms. A marathon runner may have an enlarge healthy heart. An echocardiogram will diagnosed any structural problem. And classify the enlarged failing heart as diastolic vs systolic dysfunction if any dysfunction at all. ...Read more

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Is it bad for fetus to have an enlarged heart?

Is it bad for fetus to have an enlarged heart?

Need evaluation: Enlarged heart detected requires further evaluation. Majority causes of fetal cardiomegaly are cardiac and anemic in origin. It carried high-perinatal mortality depending on the causes. Cardiac structure development is complex and critical. If an enlarged heart is detected, fetal cardiac ultrasound and laboratory testing indicated to determine cause. ...Read more

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Heart enlargement, why and how does it happen?

Heart enlargement, why and how does it happen?

Heart enlargement: This is a response to pressure or volume loads on the heart. Sometimes it is a genetically driven process. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Perez
224 doctors shared insights

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