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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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Chest X-ray the doctor observed an enlarged heart, EKG was good, nurse said echo was good. My appt is the end of may, do I still need to be concerned.

Chest X-ray the doctor observed an enlarged heart, EKG was good, nurse said echo was good. My appt is the end of may, do I still need to be concerned.

Echo normal? : If your echo is really normal, i wouldn't be concerned at all. X-ray criteria for enlargement of the heart are anient and inexact while echo is highly accurate - within a millimeter or two. Go with the echo result! ...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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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

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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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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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Can you tell me how common is an enlarged heart?

Can you tell me how common is an enlarged heart?

Not uncommon: An enlarged heart is usually related to heart failure. It it seen in patients with high blood pressure, and some types of leaky valves. It is rarely a normal variant. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could have an enlarged heart due to exercise?

Can you tell me if i could have an enlarged heart due to exercise?

Maybe: An echocardiogram would show whether or not the cardiac muscle is thick (hypertrophied). If it is thickened and you are a very serious athlete, the only sure way to prove that it is from exercise is to stop exercising for several months and see if it improves. If not, then there may be other genetic reasons for the hypertrophy, and that would need attention from a cardiologist. ...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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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