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How should a patient with enlarged heart behave?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: Normally

All fat people, almost all people with inadequately treated high blood pressure, most people whose hearts are beginning to fail, and all serious aerobic athletes have enlarged hearts.
In addition, there are a variety of illnesses that produce heart enlargment. As in the other answer, there's no one-size-fits-all piece of guidance -- just be proactive and learn about your own situation. Good luck.

In brief: Normally

All fat people, almost all people with inadequately treated high blood pressure, most people whose hearts are beginning to fail, and all serious aerobic athletes have enlarged hearts.
In addition, there are a variety of illnesses that produce heart enlargment. As in the other answer, there's no one-size-fits-all piece of guidance -- just be proactive and learn about your own situation. Good luck.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Mark Rasak
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Too vague

Enlarged heart is too vague.
It could mean enlarged and dilated with poor pump function. Also could mean thick and stiff with good pump function but poor compliance the restrictions and treatment would vary depending on which one. As previously suggested an ultrasound of the heart is needed.

In brief: Too vague

Enlarged heart is too vague.
It could mean enlarged and dilated with poor pump function. Also could mean thick and stiff with good pump function but poor compliance the restrictions and treatment would vary depending on which one. As previously suggested an ultrasound of the heart is needed.
Dr. Mark Rasak
Dr. Mark Rasak
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Enlarged heart

Lance armstrong is reported to have a very enlarged heart but that was accomplished through rigorous endurance training and is supernormal.
In most instances having and enlarged heart is not good and implies a poorly functioning pump action known congestive heart failure. This must be quantified and assessed with a measure of the ejection fraction.

In brief: Enlarged heart

Lance armstrong is reported to have a very enlarged heart but that was accomplished through rigorous endurance training and is supernormal.
In most instances having and enlarged heart is not good and implies a poorly functioning pump action known congestive heart failure. This must be quantified and assessed with a measure of the ejection fraction.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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