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Enlarged heart, high bp. Whats my life expectancy?

Enlarged heart, high bp. Whats my life expectancy?

Depends: Your high BP may have caused the enlarged heart condition called hypertrophy. If you can control your blood pressure especially with an anti-hypertenisve agent called an ace inhibitor, then you life expectancy can be good. However if you persist with an elevated bp, then your life expectancy will decrease as you will increase your risk for a herat attack, stroke or severe cardiac disease. ...Read more

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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Enlarged heart on cxr. Will it affect life expectancy?

Enlarged heart on cxr. Will it affect life expectancy?

Depends: Sometimes enlarged heart is called on cxr , but cardiac evaluation reveal no structural abnormalities. If that is case, life expectancy should not be affected. But if there is structural heart diseaein form of thickened heart muscle, weakened heart muscle, valvular, congenital, or coronary vascular disease, then life expectancy would be affected. ...Read more

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If you we're born with an enlarged heart an it's grown bigger over time how much life expectancy do you have to live?

If you we're born with an enlarged heart  an it's grown bigger over time how much life expectancy do you have to live?

Depends: Cardiomegaly isn't a diagnosis. It can be caused by a broad range of things, like birth defects, problems with transition from the fetal circulation, heart rhythm problems, fetal medication exposure or intrauterine infection. Longterm outcomes with respect to symptoms, life expectancy and any need for treatment, intervention or activity restrictions all depend on the specific heart condition. ...Read more

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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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Is an enlarged heart dangerous? Could someone live a normal life?

Is an enlarged heart dangerous? Could someone live a normal life?

CHF: 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. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of an enlarged heart?

What are some of the symptoms of an enlarged heart?

Enlarged heart: An abnormally enlarged heart is called a dilated cardiomyopathy. Symptoms are typically those of heart failure, such as shortness of breath, fatigue, weakness, fluid retention, and sometimes chest pain or palpitations. You should see (and be followed by) a cardiologist, if you have an abnormally enlarged heart. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Enlarged heart?

What is the definition or description of: Enlarged heart?

Enlarged: 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 ...Read more

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

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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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

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What would be the effects of heart enlargement?

Let me explain: Enlargement of the heart is a disease that weakens and enlarges your heart muscle. Makes it harder for your heart to pump blood and deliver it to the rest of your body. Which could can lead to heart failure. ...Read more

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How should a patient with enlarged heart behave?

How should a patient with enlarged heart behave?

Normally: All fat people, almost all people with inadequately treated high blood pressure, most people whose hearts are beginning to fail, and all serious aerobic athletes have enlarged hearts. In addition, there are a variety of illnesses that produce heart enlargment. As in the other answer, there's no one-size-fits-all piece of guidance -- just be proactive and learn about your own situation. Good luck. ...Read more

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Docs, could a person die from an enlarged heart?

Docs, could a person die from an enlarged heart?

Enlarged heart: There are many causes possible for an enlarged heart. Some of those heart enlargement conditions could potentially cause death. ...Read more

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How to reverse heart enlargement and make it smaller?

How to reverse heart enlargement and make it smaller?

Enlarged heart: The answer depends on the cause of the enlarged heart and whether it is acute or chronic. A cardiologist with knowledge of your condition can address your concerns. ...Read more

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Can high dosages of preworkout lead to enlarged heart?

Can high dosages of preworkout lead to enlarged heart?

Tachycardia: Not safe to overdo.
Does cause heart. Rhythm disturbances.
You can only drive a car at. CertIn max speed, beyond which it goes out of control. Same with our hearts too. ...Read more

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If someone has heart enlargement what are the symptoms?

If someone has heart enlargement what are the symptoms?

Heart enlargement: Heart enlargement itself usually does not cause symptoms, but it is usually a prelude to congestive heart failure, which results in the symptoms of shortness of breath on exertion, and fatigue and swelling of the ankles due to retention of fluids. The main reason we treat asymptomatic hypertension is to prevent heart enlargement and vascular disease like coronary and cerebral blockages. ...Read more

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Can a person with an enlarged heart become a police oficer?

Can a person with an enlarged heart become a police oficer?

Yes: I'm a pathologist and actually weigh hearts and there's a great deal of utter nonsense about enlarged hearts. All fat people, all competitive athletes and all non-competitive athletes who are really fit have enlarged hearts, just like a weightlifter has an enlarged biceps. If the heart's big because of disease or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, even this may not be a problem. Your doc can help. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a 16 year old to develope an enlarged heart ?

Is it possible for a 16 year old to develope an enlarged heart ?

Yes: Yes, it is possible for a teenager to develop an enlarged heart. The most common reason is a condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This condition is felt to be associated with sudden death in athletes as well. An enlarged heart is nothing to ignore. He needs to be seeing a pediatric cardiologist ASAP if he hasn't seen one already. ...Read more

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Heart enlargement question. What are the symptoms you would feel?

Heart enlargement: Heart enlargement itself usually does not cause symptoms, but it is usually a prelude to congestive heart failure, which results in the symptoms of shortness of breath on exertion, and fatigue and swelling of the ankles due to retention of fluids. The main reason we treat asymptomatic hypertension is to prevent heart enlargement and vascular disease like coronary and cerebral blockages. ...Read more

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Why would my fetus have an enlarged heart? Did I do something wrong?

Why would my fetus have an enlarged heart? Did I do something wrong?

Possibly: Majority causes of fetal cardiomegaly is cardiac and anemic in origin. It carried high-perinatal mortality depending on the causes. Structural heart defect or congenital heart disease could have genetic or familial causes, but it would not be something that the mother is directly responsible other than genetics which she cannot control. Enlarged heart has been linked to fetal alcohol syndrome. ...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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Can minimal heart enlargement due to AF repair itself once you are in rhythm?

Can minimal heart enlargement due to AF repair itself once you are in rhythm?

Usually: Recurrent afib has been associated with chamber enlargement and even worsening heart function over time. It may be reasonable to talk with your doctor about monitoring to detect how often you may be experiencing runs of atrial fibrillation. New echocardiography techniques (speckle tracking, strain) may in the future help predict the likelihood of recurrent episodes. ...Read more

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Is it true that an enlarged heart and an unfolding aorta are very danergrous?

Is it true that an enlarged heart and an unfolding aorta are very danergrous?

Risk high: This findings suggest HTN and atherosclerosis .This can lead to aneurysms of aorta dissection and not to mention heart attack frm other risk factors like diabetes , high cholesterol and hypertension
please be under doctors care for follow up and aorta measurements by echo/ cat scan. ...Read more

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Please tell me if an enlarged heart and an unfolding aorta is very danergrous?

Please tell me if an enlarged heart and an unfolding aorta is very danergrous?

Signs: By themselves, they're not dangerous but they're signs that the individual has arteriosclerosis and underlying heart disease that needs to be further defined and investigated. ...Read more

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Is there any chance that the heart enlargement be back to normal if is treated?

Is there any chance that the heart enlargement be back to normal if is treated?

Possibly: Depending on the underlying cause, medical therapy can be quite effective. ...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

Dr. Michael Perez
210 doctors shared insights

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