Enlarged heart is an increase in the size of the heart. It's detected by physical examination, X-ray or other imaging tests.
An enlarged heart may be caused by a thickening of the heart muscle because of increased workload. This increased workload can be due to heart valve disease or high blood pressure, for example. This is called hypertrophy which refers to enlargement of an organ or tissue due to an increase in cell size.
Left ventricular hypertrophy is the medical term for enlargement of the left ventricle. The left ventricle is the heart's main pumping chamber. Hypertrophy also occurs in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Enlarged heart may also be a dilation (expansion) of the heart due to damage that weakens the heart muscle. Examples include heart attack, congestive heart failure and dilated cardiomyopathy. Cardiomyopathy is a serious disease in which the heart muscle becomes inflamed and doesn't work as well as it should.
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Doctor did say that I had an enlarged heart. Should I be worried? I went to the hospital last night with shortness of breath , chest pain on my left side, pain that came and went on my lower left part of my stomach. I could not feel my hands or my legs they were so numb. There is still a constant tightness in my left chest. I had a ekg that was normal all blood test were normal and mri on my chest was normal. The doctor did say that I had an enlarged heart. Should I be worried?
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