Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps

145 Doctors Online
Owl Image
MD
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 18 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

What does enlarged heart mean?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2006
Answered : 4939 Questions
Question
I was told I have and enlarged heart what does that mean?
Mon, 4 Aug 2014 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
 
 
Answered by Dr. Albana Sejdini 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
It is a finding, not a disease...

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

By definition, an enlarged heart (cardiomegaly) is an echographic finding where the cameras of the heart are increased in size. This is reflected with thinner heart muscle walls and heart is not working properly. It is not a disease, but a finding.

There are various causes to enlarged heart, including:
- heart valves diseases
- cardiomyopathy (diseases of heart muscles)
- hypertension, etc.

In other words, these diseases and conditions cause damages to heart muscle or make it harder for the heart to pump blood. So, it is necessary to find out the underlying cause and get it treated properly to prevent further damages.

Hope it answered to your queries! Let me know if you have further questions!
Dr.Albana
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
 
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Cardiologist