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Living With An Enlarged Heart
Can living at a higher altitude for example el.paso texas cause.mild.right heart enlargement? Is that even possible?
Maybe: High altitude has lower oxygen content so living at high altitude causes adaptive changes to compensate for this. heart size and function are some of these changes. this is why some people train in high altitude prior to competition. a heart condition can be exacerbated or improved by changes in altitude. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was just diagnosed with enlarged heart. (markedly dilate delft atrium). Will keeping my BP in check keep me alive for many years? I'm 42.
Complex question : First is finding out why do you have a dilated left atrium. Do you have any mitral valve disease? Any history of atrial fibrillation? How is the left ventricular function at the 2d echocardiogram? Any systolic or diastolic dysfunction ? Without known why you have a dilated left atrim it's very difficult to predict future outcomes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably not: Heart size can be over-estimated by imaging such as x-ray. Echocardiography & MRI are the best methods. Enlarged heart is reported based on values from normal individuals. Depending on the size of the person or in athletic individuals, slightly enlarged heart may be normal. Symptoms, other echo findings & coexisting conditions determine importance of this finding. Discuss with doctor. ...Read more
Yes: Chemo therapeutic drugs like doxorubicin. Cyclophosphamide, antiarrhythmic drugs, beta blockers for hypertension, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, anesthetics like old halothane, anti depressives, and few others. The above categories of drugs can potentially induced or exacerbate chf. ...Read more
You wouldn't expect : but it can ! (rarely) Extraordinary stress (I've seen it once when someone was lied to that their child was killed) can cause immediate (temporary!) heart failure. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19039766 also, Cocaine OD Fluid overload...but ...it's got to be a lot. Oh, and blown out ventricle... like a bad tire wall...this can happen as a rare complication of a heart attack. ...Read more
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