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What are the reasons for muscles around the heart to be enlarged ?

What are the reasons for  muscles around the heart to be enlarged ?

Cardiac hypertrophy: I'm assuming that you are referring to increased wall thickness of the heart muscle. Reasons can numerous (e.g. Htn or genetic). This is diagnosed by echocardiography & requires consultation with a cardiologist for disgnosis & treatment. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Iam athlete run/bike weightlift and I have an enlarged heart following a Paleolithic diet, since the hearts a muscle does this mean my heart is strong?

Iam athlete run/bike weightlift and I have an enlarged heart following a Paleolithic diet, since the hearts a muscle does this mean my heart is strong?

Need Cardiac consult: How was your enlarged heart diagnosed? If from an chest Xray for some other reason, you should get a referral to a cardiologist who would do an echo to determine your heart health. In general, athletes have stronger hearts..Good luck ...Read more

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Recent ana, low titer. Positive rnp. No raynauds. Muscle aches, joint pains, severe heartburn, pleurisy 3 times last year, enlarged liver, heart races?

Recent ana, low titer.  Positive rnp.  No raynauds.  Muscle aches, joint pains, severe heartburn, pleurisy 3 times last year, enlarged liver, heart races?

Positive RNP: Occur in around 50% of patients with lupus and in patients with other connective tissue disease notably mixed connective tissue disease. Diagnosis of sle depend on recognition of characteristic multisystem disease and exclusion of infection and malignancy. Mctd characterized by overlapping clinical features of sle, polymyositis, systemic sclerosis and high titters of anti-rnp. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Is the heart considered a muscle?

Is the heart considered a muscle?

Yes: the heart is a special kind of muscle. it has a lot in common with skeletal muscles, like your biceps, but is also different in a lot of ways. ...Read more

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Is the heart an organ or a muscle?

Is the heart an organ or a muscle?

Both: Organ: a part of an organism that is typically self-contained and has a specific vital function, such as the heart or liver in humans. Heart: a contractile organ consisting of a special bundle of muscle tissue, which moves blood though the arterial system of the body. ...Read more

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Does bicycling daily strengthen your heart and muscles?

Does bicycling daily strengthen your heart and muscles?

Of course: bicycling is associated with improved cardiovascular fitness and is great for toning and building your muscles. ...Read more

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Why do heart muscles hibernate and how to reactivate them?

Why do heart muscles hibernate and how to reactivate them?

Heart muscle active: Your heart muscle never hibernates (goes to sleep for a period of time). The heart muscle works according to the demand made upon it. Normally, if you are sitting or resting peacefully the heart does not have to beat rapidly or forcefully. If you are exercising or blood pressure is elevated the heart muscle must produce more force and in the case of exercise more speed as well. ...Read more

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I have pain sometimes near my heart and at times muscles pain around my heart?

I have pain sometimes near my heart and at times muscles pain around my heart?

So sorry: Sorry you feel unwell. The cornerstone of treatment is an accurate diagnosis. Your chest pain needs to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Need expert opinion on when frightened or in shock does the beating strengthen your heart muscles?

Need expert opinion on when frightened or in shock does the beating strengthen your heart muscles?

Heartbeats: Strong: The shock of an unpleasant or frightening experience causes Epinephrine release, which increases the heart rate and blood pressure. The combined effect is to send more blood flowing throughout the body, especially the brain and muscles, until the danger subsides. It does not permanently strengthen the heart muscle. ...Read more