Having an enlarged heart is normal? Having an enlarged heart means your heart is bigger than the normal size. The medical term for an enlarged heart is ‘Cardiomegaly.’ Having an enlarged heart is not a disease. This condition is a symptom of heart defect for which the heart works harder. In this condition, the heart becomes bigger than the normal size as the heart muscles work harder. The heart muscles thicken for the hard work, or the chamber widens. The heart is a delicate and essential body part!

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Is Having An Enlarged Heart Serious?

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Is Having An Enlarged Heart Serious?

An enlarged heart is unable to pump the blood efficiently. The heart pumps oxygenated blood throughout the body and transports nutrients as well! If the body parts don’t receive the required amount of blood, oxygen, and nutrients, the person will feel weak and develop several complications. The complications of enlarged heart include heart stroke and heart failure.

Other Complications of Enlarged Heart Include:

Dilated Cardiomyopathy is a serious type of enlarged heart. In this condition, the heart walls on both sides stretch and become thin which enlarges the heart.

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The most serious type of enlarged heart is an enlarged left ventricle. The enlargement of the left ventricle weakens the heart muscles and increases the risk of heart failure in this condition the ventricles stretch for which the heart is unable to pump blood efficiently.

An enlarged heart also increases the risks of blood clots which form on the lining of the heart. If the clot enters the bloodstream, it will create a blockage, and the blood can’t flow to the body parts which can cause a heart stroke or attack. If the clot formed in the right side of the heart enters the lungs, it can cause pulmonary embolism.
Mitral and Tricuspid are the two valves that don’t close properly within an enlarged heart for which the blood flows back. The backflow of blood creates a sound, medically termed as heart murmurs.

An enlarged heart can disrupt the rhythmic heartbeat. The heart rhythms slow down for which the blood either moves fast or slow which can result in fainting or cardiac arrest or even sudden death.

Diagnosing the condition at the right time is essential. Treatment at the right time increases the chances of preventing the condition from worsening.

Can an Enlarged Heart Be Reversed?

Yes! There are treatments for reversing an enlarged heart. If you have an enlarged heart, there are possibilities of reducing the enlarged area over time. As high blood pressure is a reason behind enlargement of the heart, the medicines for treating blood pressure will reduce heart muscles if enlarged. Though the condition is not 100% curable, you can improve the condition by changing your lifestyle. By changing the lifestyle, you can bring the condition under control naturally.

Final Words

Consult a doctor and diagnose the condition if you experience or detect the symptoms of an enlarged heart. Timely treatment and preventions will be helpful!

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Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: December 14, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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