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What does it mean of having a enlarged heart ?

What do a person mean when he says that he has an enlarged heart ?
Tue, 15 Dec 2009
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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. Click these links if you would like more info: http://www.optimal-heart-health.com/enlargedheart.html http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Heart_disease_enlarged_heart?open http://heart.health.ivillage.com/signssymptoms/enlargedheart2.cfm http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4517
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