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What is cardiomegaly?

What is cardiomegaly?

Big Heart: Cardiomegaly simply means the heart is larger than expected. This can be from many things....High blood pressure, congenital problems, metabolic problems, etc. Sometimes it can be nothing to worry about, but other times can put the heart at higher risk for abnormal rhythms or even heart attacks. Your doctor should be able to tell you why the heart is large, and what to do about it (if anything). ...Read more

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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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What does "cardiomegaly in transverse diameter" mean?

What does "cardiomegaly in transverse diameter" mean?

Cardiomegaly: Usually this means that measuring the width of the heart in an anteroposterior projection(facing the camera)chest xray the width measurement is a bit increased. This can mean something is wrong or it can be an artifact caused by improper distance from the detector. ...Read more

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What is the cause of cardiomegaly?

What is the cause of cardiomegaly?

Many: Many causes :virus or alcohol or obesity or hypertension or clogged coronary arteries to name a few. ...Read more

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What's the specific meaning of cardiomegaly atheromatous aorta?

What's the specific meaning of cardiomegaly atheromatous aorta?

Big heart : Cardiomegaly simply means a big heart. If found dictated on an x-ray report, it can be due to the x-ray technique and not an abnormality, per se. Atheromatous aorta means that there are cholesterol plaques seen in the aorta. Again, if read from a chest x-ray report, this typically means some calcified cholesterol deposits are present. ...Read more

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I have just been diagnosed with cardiomegaly what are my treatment options?

I have just been diagnosed with cardiomegaly what are my treatment options?

Sort out cause: Cardiomegaly simply means heart enlargement, which is a physiologic compensatory mechanism. It's the cause of the cardiomegaly that needs to be defined, and then the appropriate treatment options become evident. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the significance of cardiomegaly with pulmonary congestive changes?

What is the significance of cardiomegaly with pulmonary congestive changes?

Concerned: Sounds like symptoms of a failing heart.Are 20? Do you have congenital heart disease? The possibility of viral myocarditis at this time of also exists.Whatever your age i hope you are under a doctors care. ...Read more

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I recently had a chest X-ray following bronchitis and it showed the cardiothoracic ratio is increased 53%. Conclusion cardiomegaly. What does this mean?

Increased CT ratio: Please see your GP and they can make a cardiology referral to review . Will need further evaluation with ECHO to look for any structural issues . Numerous causes for cardiomegaly. This is very marginal. ...Read more

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Is cardiomegaly reversible?

Depends on the cause: Cardiomegaly is an enlarged heart. This could be relatively normal, as in an athlete, or due to a more serious problem. It needs further definition, usually with an echocardiogram, to determine the cause. Cardiomegaly is usually a secondary issue. Find the primary issue causing the cardiomegaly and fix that, if you can. This needs a doctor visit. ...Read more

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Why might be signs of cardiomegaly?

Why might be signs of cardiomegaly?

None per se: Cardiomegaly simply means heart enlargement, which is a physiologic compensatory mechanism. By itself, it may have no symptoms. It's the cause of the cardiomegaly that needs to be defined, and then the appropriate treatment options become evident. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can having cardiomegaly and bbb be dangerous?

Yes: Tough combination to have. Increased risk for sudden death from arrythmia and heart failure. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cardiomegaly?

Large heart: This one's simple. Cardiomegaly is simply an enlarged heart. Many things can cause it and a more specific description would involve knowing a lot more about a patient's specific situation. ...Read more

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Cardiomegaly is a condition making it dangerous to exercise?

Cardiomegaly is a condition making it dangerous to exercise?

Yes: Cardiomegaly or enlarged heart is a result of some underlying condition. It may affect how the heart functions therefore anything that increases the work of the heart, i.e. Exercise, can influence the ability of the heart to function properly. Always, always check with your doctor about your individual situation with this condition. ...Read more

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Please help! i want to know the meaning of cardiomegaly in transverse diameter.?

Please help! i want to know the meaning of cardiomegaly in transverse diameter.?

Cardiomegaly: It means measuring across the heart in the frontal plane yields an increased transverse length or diameter. ...Read more

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What is life expectancy for someone with cardiomegaly?

What is life expectancy for someone with cardiomegaly?

Highly variable: 30 years ago, life expectancy was severely shortened for people with cardiomegaly (an enlarged heart) but with modern treatments, it's much improved. Beyond that vague answer, we would need more details to be more specific. ...Read more

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If someone has mi with cardiomegaly, would cpr revive the person?

If someone has mi with cardiomegaly, would cpr revive the person?

It can: Would do CPR if someone has a cardiac arrest and becomes unconscious with no pulse. If there is a pulse, no need for chest compressions. ...Read more

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Is cardiomegaly a complication of pneumonia or the other way around?

Cardiomegaly: This simply means enlargement of the heart and can be due to dozens of causes. Rarely pneumonias are accompanied by inflammation of the heart muscle which can result in cardiomegaly. Heart failure can result in fluid back up into the lungs which looks like pneumonia, and this can also predispose to secondary infection. There are also diseases which simultaneously attack both the heart and lungs. ...Read more

Cardiomegaly (Definition)

This one's simple. Cardiomegaly is simply an enlarged heart. Many things can cause it and a more specific description would involve knowing a lot more about ...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