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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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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


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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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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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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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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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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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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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What to do if I have an enlarged heart. I've heard it never shrinks. is this true?

What to do if I have an enlarged heart. I've heard it never shrinks. is this true?

Enlarged heart: 'Enlarged heart' is a generic terminology. What it means and what happens with it depends on what kind of enlargement is present and the reason for the enlargement. Endurance athletes have a physiologic enlargement of their hearts, pathologic cardiac enlargement is caused by many conditions and can have various courses of evolution. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have an enlarged heart. I've heard it never shrinks. Is this true?

What do you suggest if I have an enlarged heart. I've heard it never shrinks. Is this true?

Depends: It depends on the cause but, in general, enlarged hearts do tend to remain enlarged. There are exceptions, however. The cause must be ascertained and addressed. For example, aortic insufficiency can be ameliorated with valve replacement. Some forms of dilated cardiomyopathy are reversible with time and medication. ...Read more

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