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If you have a high bp, does it mean you have a enlarged heart?

If you have a high bp, does it mean you have a enlarged heart?

High BP: Untreated and longstanding high BP can cause your heart to "enlarge" - both in thickness of heart muscle and also dilatation of the ventricle and atria. Keep BP less than 140/90 and you can prevent heart failure. ...Read more

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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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Should i be concerned if my husband has just been diagnosed with enlarged heart valve - what does this mean?

Should i be concerned if my husband has just been diagnosed with enlarged heart valve - what does this mean?

Heart valve: There is no such thing enlarged heart valve. If you are taking about thickened heart valve with out stenosis then he should be ok. If it is myxomatous proliferation then you should see a cardiologist. ...Read more

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Has an enlarged heart, stress test abnormal Dr said wasn't enough info b/c I wasn't on treadmill long enough, HR increased to goal too quick. Means?

Has an enlarged heart, stress test abnormal Dr said wasn't enough info b/c I wasn't on treadmill long enough, HR increased to goal too quick. Means?

Could mean...: "Cardiomegaly" and a heart rate rising too quickly with exercise could mean that you have a dilated cardiomyopathy, a process whereby the heart muscle has weakened and then enlarged. Such cases will exhibit rapid rises in heart rate with minimal activity. Best thing is to get it checked out with an echocardiogram, an ultrasound study of the heart that confirms or refutes heart enlargement ...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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What does it mean if you have an enlarged heart , an the doctor . Says that they have found a glow on the heart x rays.

What does it mean if you have an enlarged heart , an the doctor . Says that they have found a glow  on the heart x rays.

Echocardiogram: An enlarged heart simply means that there is something wrong. It should be followed up with an echocardiogram which will accurately determine the size of each of the chambers and provide useful information as to the cause of the enlargement, if that is, in fact, confirmed. ...Read more

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What does abnormal right axis deviation mean? Qrs axis >100 what are the causes of this? I have asd and Asa. Does it mean enlarged heart or asd worse?

What does abnormal right axis deviation mean? Qrs axis >100 what are the causes of this? I have asd and Asa. Does it mean enlarged heart or asd worse?

See my earlier post: RAD means that the electrical impulses arising from the right ventricle are abnormally strong and suggest that your ASD is volume overloading and overworking your RV. AS I said earlier, you need the left to right shunt quantified by echo and corrected if >1.5:1. ...Read more

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If I have an enlarged heart due to hypertension along with angina, palpitations and breathlessness, does this mean I have heart disease?

If I have an enlarged heart due to hypertension along with angina, palpitations and breathlessness, does this mean I have heart disease?

Yes. : All heart disease is not created equal, however. Generally, when we talk about heart disease we are speaking if coronary artery disease, which at your tender years, you don't have. You could have a congenital cardiomyopathy or a viral cardiomyopathy of myopathy based on essential hypertension. An enlarged heart and high blood pressure is "heart disease". Talk with your cardiologist for clarifying. ...Read more

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What. Does an enlarged artery by heart mean?

What. Does an enlarged artery by heart mean?

Larger than normal: The aorta is the largest blood vessel carrying blood from the heart to elsewhere. Enlargement of vessel means a dilation (ballooning out as pictured here) to larger than it should be. It right next to the heart--aortic root, it can cause the valve to leak, and if severe it can cause much problem. Enlargement further down may burst, that causes serious problem too. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is an enlarged heart bad?

Is an enlarged heart bad?

Possibly: Depending on the cause and severity. See your doctor or cardiologist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Is an enlarged heart harmful?

Is an enlarged heart harmful?

Possibly: Depending on the cause and severity. See your doctor or cardiologist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What's an enlarged heart big from?

What's an enlarged heart big from?

Hypertension: Hypertensiom is most common cause but there are many others. An echocardiogram & cardiology consultation should be undertaken. ...Read more

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Enlarged heart --what are symptoms?

Enlarged heart --what are symptoms?

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 more

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Can "slightly" enlarged heart be normal?

Can "slightly" enlarged heart be normal?

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

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Does drug taking cause an enlarged heart ?

Does drug taking cause an enlarged heart ?

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

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Can an enlarged heart develope in one day ?

Can an enlarged heart develope in one day ?

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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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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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 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 symptoms of an enlarged heart or can you tell?

Depends: Enlarged heart can mean many different thinks: uncontrolled hypertension, prio heart attack, alcohol toxicity, heart failure, certain viral infections. So symptoms or lock of symptoms depend on etiology and severety of the "enlarged heart". Medically called: cardiomegaly, lvh, cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an enlarged heart i might feel?

Depends on cause.: You may not feel anything other than excercise intolerance, shortness of breath on excertion when the ejection fraction is low or the pulmonary artery pressures are high. Your heart may be enlarged on echocardiography because of cardiomyopathy. That is not a good finding with or without symptoms. In many occations symptoms occur too late. ...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