What is enlarged heart, and a tortuous aorta?

X-Ray Finding. This sounds like a report from a chest x-ray. Chest x-ray can detect whether a heart is enlarged or not. It can also look at the aorta and give a sense of whether the aorta has a normal "smooth" course or a more pronounced one. In and of themselves, these findings don't necessarily mean anything specific, and could need more followup tests.

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Is it true that an enlarged heart and an unfolding aorta are very danergrous?

Risk high. This findings suggest HTN and atherosclerosis .This can lead to aneurysms of aorta dissection and not to mention heart attack frm other risk factors like diabetes , high cholesterol and hypertension please be under doctors care for follow up and aorta measurements by echo/ cat scan. Read more...

Please tell me if an enlarged heart and an unfolding aorta is very danergrous?

Signs. By themselves, they're not dangerous but they're signs that the individual has arteriosclerosis and underlying heart disease that needs to be further defined and investigated. Read more...

Can an echocardiogram tell a doctor if someone is at risk for an aortic dissection? Such as an enlarged heart or enlargement of aorta?

Echo. = a valuable tes t here. Very good, but not 100 % definitive. HRS, MD, FACC www.thepmc.org. Read more...
Yes. The dissection is a gradual process over years, the size of the dilation of the artery and its rate of change and somewhat its deformity clearly correlate with risk and a normal sized one doesn't have risk. Read more...
Probably. Most cardiologist would prefer a CT scan with contrast over echo for a detailed imaging for better measurement to assess aortic root size. Pl consult cardiologist and follow their recommendation. Read more...

MRI =Mild" thickening of heart muscle not HOCM. Tortuous descending aorta. Aberrant right subclavian artery which courses posterior to the trachea.??

Mild thickening's OK. See my comment to your previous post regarding the other findings (tortuous aorta, subclavian artery). The mild thickening of the heart muscle is common, and not necessarily from HCM. It could be the effects of long-standing hypertension. Keeping ur BP low with a -pril or a -sartan (Enalapril, Valsartan, etc.) could even reverse the thickening of the heart. Thanks 4 ur question on HealthTap, & GL! Read more...

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...

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...

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...