Would an EKG show an enlarged heart?

ECG . Ecg shows electrical activity, it doesn't image heart size. Some ECG recordings can suggest enlarged heart, but the sensitivity and specificity is low.

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Would an ECG show right sided heart enlargement or signs of a problem if the right side was enlarged?

Yes it could. There are several changes on ECG that might indicate right sided chamber enlargement or strain. This may be acutely or chronically. What you may be asking is could these right sided abnormalities occur without ECG changes and yes that might happen too. An echocardiogram would help clarify, if there is a significant suspicion of right sided abnormalities. Read more...

I got 2 EKGs done and they've came up abnormal. Dr say could be enlarged heart, I have a appointment with a specialist in a month, could I die b4 then?

Abnormal ecg. ECG can have a whole spectrum of abnormalities. Enlarged heart can be no big deal or a very big deal. The question you ask needs to be asked of your doctor who knows you and your whole picture. ECG 'abnormal' really is possible with nothing wrong with you. It also can mean lots wrong, we can't know out here without more data. Read more...

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...

Chest X-ray the doctor observed an enlarged heart, EKG was good, nurse said echo was good. My appt is the end of may, do I still need to be concerned.

Echo normal? . If your echo is really normal, i wouldn't be concerned at all. X-ray criteria for enlargement of the heart are anient and inexact while echo is highly accurate - within a millimeter or two. Go with the echo result! Read more...

I have a marked enlarged heart since 2010 and had it checked out normal heart cath normal stress test normal ecg I have hypertension. Doc not worried?

I would look further. You are young and have signs of an enlarged heart. I would be aggressive and I would want to see and echo report and make sure you do not have sleep apnea . Your blood pressure should be very well controlled by maximizing lifestyle: nutrition to lower, exercise, stress relief, great sleep. Stay on top of this, ok? Read more...

I've had hyperthyroidism for five years now. My latest ECG sinus tachycardia and slight left heart enlargement...What can I do or need to be aware of?

Echo, treat thyroid. Hyperthyroidism for extended time periods can produce both sinus tachycardia and hypertension. Hypothyroid states typically cause slo heart rates but hypertension can also be seen. High BP can result in cardiac hypertrophy (lvh), that can show up as heart enlargement. Over time this process can cause increased risk for arrhythmia/heart failure, and needs to be monitored closely. Read more...