Re: Enlarged Heart Questions
A left ventricle that remodeled (dilated) can reverse diminsions back to normal. It took about a year for me. Medically referred to as dilated cardiomyopathy and may even improve on its own (depending on the underlying cause). Meds to lower blood pressure, etc. reduces the stress to the heart and aids a reversal.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is an enlargement due to thickening of heart wall muscle, and may not reverse.
Restrictive cardiomyopathy, heart muscle becomes more rigid and pumping ability less forceful. Believed to be inherited and not reversable.
Yes, BNP will increase when the heart is subjected to the stress of CHF.