What are the different ways a person can end up with an enlarged heart?

Many. A big heart is often a weak heart or a cardiomyopathy. These can come from coronary disease, valvular disease, metabolic issues like thyroid disease, toxins, drugs and alcohol, iron overload, hiv, hepatitis, and sometimes for unknown reasons -- just to name a few. Seeing a cardiologist is recommended.
Many causes. Dr. Freeman is correct. In addition, all fat people and all serious aerobic athletes have big hearts. High blood pressure when treated will let the heart return to normal size unless the person also exercises. There's a host of diseases, each much less common than the lifestyle causes. By itself, it means nothing.

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Can a person with an enlarged heart become a police oficer?

Yes. I'm a pathologist and actually weigh hearts and there's a great deal of utter nonsense about enlarged hearts. All fat people, all competitive athletes and all non-competitive athletes who are really fit have enlarged hearts, just like a weightlifter has an enlarged biceps. If the heart's big because of disease or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, even this may not be a problem. Your doc can help. Read more...

Please tell me, could a person die from an enlarged heart?

Enlarged heart. In general an 'enlarged heart' implies something is wrong with the heart. This can be because of genetics, infection, high blood pressure, valve disease, ischemic heart disease, poisons, etc. It is certainly possible to die from an enlarged heart depending on the cause and the severity of the abnormalities. Read more...

Is heart laser surgery safe on a person that has an enlarged heart, diagnosed with chf?

If you are talking . About cardiac ablation for the treatment of a possible arrhythmia like atrial fibrillation, yes, it will be safe but always with the risk of surgery and anesthesia. Improving the arrhythmia may improve the chf. Laser also it's been done to extract nonfunctional or infected pacemaker leads. In any procedure weighting risk/benefits it's very important in the decision to proceed. Good luck. Read more...

What happens to a child with an enlarged heart as he grows up?

Find cause. All fat kids and all very athletic kids have enlarged hearts by the old standards from the 1950's when most folks were thinner and sedentary. Be sure you know the cause before drawing any conclusions! if it's hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, aortic stenosis, or hypertension or you've been given the name of another disease, follow it very closely. Read more...
Need to know cause. An "enlarged" heart is not always a problem. As others have answered, athletes have "enlarged" hearts. On the other hand, all sorts of heart conditions can lead to an enlarged heart; some may be relatively minor while others are life-threatening. Please discuss this issue with a pediatrician/pediatric cardiologist as the answer depends on the specific cause. Read more...

I was diagnosed with an enlarged heart when I was younger.... Should I be concerned at 39?

Probably not. An enlarged heart as a youth in the absence of any clinical issues is likely a spurious diagnosis, often based on a chest x-ray and sometimes diagnosed in athletes. If there are no symptoms or signs, like heart murmur or arrhythmia, there is probably nothing to worry about. An echocardiogram would be the most definitive tool to sort out whether there really is any substance to the diagnosis. Read more...
See the expert. You should be evaluated by a cardiologist, preferably one that has had training in dealing with adult congenital patients. They can best evaluate your current condition. Any information you have regarding the initial diagnosis, your past medical history, current status (such as medications you take, including over the counter) will help. Read more...
Possibly. It would be nice the exact diagnosis of your cardiomegaly (enlarged heart). Without that, it is really hard to tell on how severe and potentially dangerous your condition is. Please describe your symptoms and if you have any work up data, it would be helpful to review as well. Read more...

My friend was born with an enlarged heart, it was hereditary, ran in the family, the heart is continuously growin. What type of meds can end growth?

HCMP. This is probably hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. It's fairly common and the clinical-pathological picture is widely variable. Some people will have no problems, some will need surgery, some will have medical management. It's actually the top of the cardiac septum that tends to overgrow the most, and this is the main problem most of the time. Read more...