What causes your heart to enlarge

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If there is some calcification of the aorta (output valve for blood/oxygen to system), the narrow opening (stenosis) will require the heart to work harder, and as a result the heart will enlarge. To help the heart return to normal size (if dilated...not cardiomyopathy), a reduction in the heart's workload will provide relief and the heart can return to normal size.
It can be due to heart muscle disease, alcohol, drugs medication, and the heart can enlarge due extreme physical activity (athlete's heart) over a period of time.. Athlete's heart is not a pathologcal condition, and will return to normal size when the activity is reduced or stopped. Q: "Are there any signs or symptoms of this condition?" Shortness of breath, easily fatigued, chest pain (angina)...Dizziness, Abnormal heart rhythm, cough, swelling (edema), Cough.
There are heart conditions that enlarge the heart walls and/or heart chambers and referred to as primary cardiomyopathies (enlargement of heart) and have as a dominant feature the involvement of heart muscle itself and that causes growth of the heart walls and there are conditions that dilate (enlarge) the chamber size. The heart will reach an enlargement that will cause heart failure or cardiac arrest with either increased heart wall growth and/or chamber enlargement.
I was recently diagnosed with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. I have had symptoms of a resting heart rate of 99-140, chest and back pain - sharp and squeezing pressure, pressure in my chest, back and left arm, migraines, dizziness, fainting, large dips in blood pressure, nausea, sweating, and shortness of breath. I am on disopyramide 300 mg per day and still symptomatic. I had 3 echos done and 3 xrays to confirm.
I just came from what I thought was my last cardio visit. The doctor told me everything looked good, didn't need medication, my heart sounded good, but then she tells me to come back next fall to have another echo because my last one (which was last year I think) showed a mild leaky heart valve!!!! I was like "what, how come nobody mentioned that to me!!" She told me the reason why was because it was so mild they probably felt like there wasn't a need to mention it.
Consequently, it becomes difficult for blood to pass through the lungs, making it harder for the heart to pump blood forward. This stress on the heart leads to ENLARGEMENT of the heart and eventually fluid can build up in the liver and tissues, such as the in the legs. Affected patients can sometimes notice increasing shortness of breath and dizziness". I don't have an answer regarding systemic blood pressure return to normal readings.
A chest X-ray or an EKG is not a good way to determine this, an ultrasound of the heart is better. Ask your cardiologist what your diagnose is and what treatment options there is. I hope you will be OK!
About 6 years ago I had an enlarged heart and low cardiac output due high blood prssure. Currently may heart is normal size and heart is pumping efficiently. Your heart can enlarge due alcohol and drugs alone. and it would likely cause heart muscle damage, and that condition is difficult or not possible to reverse. However, you are high blood pressure medication indicates your enlarged heart is due to ischemia (lack of adequate blood supply) to the heart cells.
Cardiac hypertrophy comes down to two overall forms - physiological and pathological enlargement. In the case of physiological hypertrophy, your heart gets larger and stronger to adapt to new changes, brought on by exercise usually, or in the case of women - pregnancy. Its common and normal.
An example would be hypertension which is known to enlarge a heart. If your son had an underlying heart condition ---- and any child for that matter----- adhd meds would exacerbate (is that how you spell that, I'm tired . . .) it. That is why these medications need to be administered with much thought and caution. Good luck with your son!
The decrease in oxygen and your bodies struggle to maintain a healthy level of it are the main causes of fatigue. If your still concerned, keep an eye on your lymph nodes. If they enlarge more or your symptoms get worse, perhaps you should schedule an appointment with an internist. Emergency Departments are fantastic for most things, but they don't often have the time to give individualized attention to each and every patient that walks, or gets wheeled through the doors.
This makes it harder for the right side of the heart to pump the blood out, and can cause it to enlarge and weaken. This can also cause fluid to build up in body tissue, such as legs, or the Liver. There are many possible causes so it will take further testing. I think the pulmonary valve in your heart could be a possible suspect also.
So the surgeon has to either destroy these, or make sure the vessel is the right way round to allow blood flow when grafted to the heart. Problems.... Due to the Radials/Lita/Rita being totally harvested from both ends, they tend to suffer severe spasms if over handled by the surgeon which can cause problems.
I have pulmonary venous hypertension due to Diastolic Heart Failure. Chronic Heart Failure is a general term used to describe at least 3 types of Cardiomyopathies, and I believe the latest defined, and least understood type of heart failure, Diastolic Heart Failure, should be covered by the NYHA lingo. There are 4 classes or stages of failure (I-IV) that were devised by the New York Heart Association (NYHA). The 4 classes are based on really simple symptoms.
The cause was the heart had lost some contractility due to a left ventricle enlargement. The enlargement was due to an overworked heart. The loss of contractility of the heart caused blood received from the lungs to backup (more blood recieved than able to pump) and fluids leak into the lung tissues causing pulmonary edema. Also, fluids (water) is retained in the abnomen and peripheral extremities. I'm sure your brother's heart was involved because of the fluid buildup.
Hey there! I'm a Cardiac Echo Tech. The physician is correct. Lead placement is critical to a succesful 12-Lead EKG. Many hospitals today have EKG machines which (in my opinion)display to much information or inaccurate information. The lead placement is most likely producing a "false positive" for biatrial enlargement. If a patient had enlarged atriums, then they would also have enlarged ventricles. You cannot have one without the other.
Hey Barbie, Yes,it is good to know as you said "we're not in the boat alone". I'm glad to know about your story. I always appreciate hearing all the different histories people have to share on this forum. Thanks for responding about the level of murmurs, that did help clarify. Yes, my grandpaw and daddy have had mitral valve issues. Grandpaw has been deceased (1976). My sister has some troubles, mostly SVT, fainted once. My daddy's the one I'm most concerned with.
About you, Do you go, go ,go throughout the day or do you get to stop? If your constantly going your body might be tired and need to take some rest. I find that with me if I'm pushing myself too hard I WILL get them. Can u tell me what meds have helped you as well?
I would almost bet yours has grown larger, due to the time you mention having your last echo. DHF leads to congestive heart failure, due to high pulmonary venous pressure. This really high fill pressure is transmitted or passed through the LA to the pulmonary vein. Moisture, mixed with a tad of blood can be coughed up (pink froth) due to the high PE pressure within the lungs. I have a productive cough. No signs of blood though.
i do know that if you have had a heart attack you get heart muscle damage the damage comes from blocked artieries that feed blood to your heart it doesnt just pick smokers or drinkers although smoking can contribute to it she should have a heart cath to check her artieries
No leakage so no need to worry or have futher testing done in next few years to check on that problem again. Do you agree with what he said to that? I am curious to find out why that happened cause and treatment if any? What I can do to prevent any futher enlarging. I did research on different types of heart enlarging areas came to dilated cardiomyopathy and I have alot of the symptoms of that. Should I see a specialist for this and show him my list of symptoms that kinda match that diagnosis?
So to medicate the problem they prescribe hormone medication to correct the loss, the speed at which the medication works is based on each person, some adapt sooner than others, 6 weeks have to pass between lab blood work to allow your system to adjust to the dosage changes. I think you would be better off with an Endocrinologist than a GP, Most Endo's are more familiar with our problems.
At a recent pre - op assessment (for shoulder surgery) I was found to have a heart murmur and the surgery has been postponed until I get an echocardiogram to see what's causing the heart murmur. Does anyone know if atrial fibrillation can cause a heart murmur to develop?
Correct the underlying cause and the heart should return to normal dimensions. The danger is the heart can enlarge to the degree that causes a loss of contractility and eventually heart failure. Sometimes x-rays are not very clear and the doctors my want to do further testing to rule out anything serious...don't jump to conclusions based on an x-ray without confirmation..
My heart is beating between over 170 bpm for 20 to 30 minutes. From what I understand this can damage my heart if done on a regular basis. Over a period of 4 months, shouldn't there be some decline in my heart rate when running at the same pace?
Your nose has vital nervous system connections to your lungs and heart. Not breathing well through your nose can alter your heart rate and blood pressure, as well as to increasing your stress response. Your nose makes about 2 pints of mucous every day. If your nose isn't working properly and mucous isn't cleared, the stagnant mucous can lead to infections such as sinusitis or ear infections. Lastly, not breathing well through your nose can aggravate snoring or obstructive sleep apnea.
What a heart breaking story to hear, yet your attitude about it all is so good :) I understand your issues very well, ie scar tissue upon scar tissue! I am facing bypasss surgery should I have any more restenosis or blockages in my LAD. So I try to find the very latest technology/techniques, such as minimally invasive bypass surgery. I am elgible just by reading the prequisites, not by having been examined by a doctor. I received my 5th stent from a doctor at the Cleveland Clinic.
Acid reflux can keep your throat sore, it causes stomach acid to come up into your throat which then irritates your throat making it sore. Acid reflux also can make you feel like you are choking, especially while eating. You and your mom may want to look into Prilosec for this in place of the Nexium. Lymph nodes can enlarge for many reasons that aren't serious, and they shouldn't even be saying what they are at this point.
As stated the underlying cause should be determined to make a decisive diagnosis...a pathologically enlarged heart is a symptom with many causes.
I haven't heard anything this morning as of yet. I'm dying to call, though!! I'll tell you what, I could write a book on what the poor kid has been through the past 8 years or so, and it's just one thing after the other. Health-wise - not good. She has a history on her mom's side of auto-immune disorders though. I think all of her aunts have everything from Lupus to thyroid issues to MS. Her mom has fibromyalgia and CFS. It's just sad.
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