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Which layer of the heart enlarges in athletes?

Which layer of the heart enlarges in athletes?

Left ventricle: It is usually the left ventricle that enlarges (hypertrophies) in athletes. This is the main pumping chamber of the heart. Other areas can enlarge depending on the condition causing it. If concerned, get it checked out. You may need an EKG and an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart). ...Read more

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Athlete (Definition)

Ath·lete n. A person possessing the natural or acquired traits, such as strength, agility, and endurance, that are necessary for physical exercise or sports, especially those ...Read more


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Can an athlete get an enlarged heart just by over training?

Can an athlete get an enlarged heart just by over training?

Yes: Competitive athlete's typically get a particular type of heart enlargement called "athlete's heart." it is usually a benign adaptation to the athletic endeavors, and typically reverts to normal with either age or cessation of competitive activity. ...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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36m who is a track athlete and extremely healthy and fit. Recent EKG showed that I have athlete's heart. Is this the same as an enlarged heart?

36m who is a track athlete and extremely healthy and fit.  Recent EKG showed that I have athlete's heart.  Is this the same as an enlarged heart?

Normal: Athlete's heart is the denomination of an enlarged heart of people who perform physical activity regularly. Not to be confused with the enlarged heart of people with medical conditions such as htn, alcoholism, heart attacks, etc. ...Read more

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Which layer of the heart is affected by pericarditis?

Which layer of the heart is affected by pericarditis?

Outer layer: The outer layer 'pericardium' is inflamed in pericarditis and can produce 'liquid' and cause pain by stimulating the nerves that supply it. ...Read more

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How big will my heart enlarge?

How big will my heart enlarge?

Not sure: Your heart will grow as long as your body growths through the puberty and then will stop. Its size is roughly that of your fist. However, there are health conditions that will cause your heart to expand, but that's nothing to take loosely. It weakens your heart and predisposes you to complications. The larger the worse and it some point it will give just as a stretched gum gives when overstretched. ...Read more

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What causes the heart to enlarge?

What causes the heart to enlarge?

Many causes: All very fit athletes have big hearts, which is good, and all fat people have bit hearts which lets them carry the extra weight. The heart bulks like a bodybuidler's biceps when worked extra hard. High blood pressure and anemia are easy to understand, some hearts are malformed with dangerous enlargement as bumps in bad places. Many others. Clinical correlation required! ...Read more

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How do you know if you have enlarge heart?

How do you know if you have enlarge heart?

If this is a concern: For you would discuss with your physician. If medically warranted he or she can refer to a cardiologist to make a formal assessment. Take care. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a heart to become enlarged?

How long does it take for a heart to become enlarged?

Varies: Severe acute heart problems can lead to an enlarged heart in days. Most chronic heart problems, though, lead to enlarged heart over many months or many years. ...Read more