Hi Billy! Sorry to hear about your enlarged heart. That must have been quite a shock! How did you find out about it? Did you have breathing problems, fast heart rate, palpitations; or do you get tired easily?
I've struggled with an enlarged heart for over 25 years. It has not been fun, but I have learned quite a bit about how to keep myself very healthy with a reasonable quality of life.
If you would care to read about what I have learned in battling my own enlarged heart, heart failure, please read my thread in this Heart Disorders topic, named: My enlarged, stretched out heart (CHF) is rapidly getting better., at the following link: http://www.healthboards.com/boards/heart-disorders/863130-my-enlarged-stretched-out-heart-chf-rapidly-getting-better.html
Thanks for the reply
I had no symptoms other than being tired but this was due to sleep Apnea
It was only discovered in a chest xray and i was told it was slight cardiomegaly
I am on medication which keeps my blood pressure normal
And my last blood test in Feb / March my cholestrol was 3.6
I am over weight and waiting for blood test results and an appointment with the cardioligist
High blood pressure, being overweight, high cholesterol all contribute to an enlarged heart. Controlling all these factors is your best bet to reducing the strain on your heart and keeping this from getting worse. I think an echocardiogram should be done as well to make sure there are no valve problems contributing to it, and to get a good baseline of thickness of heart muscle, ejection fraction, which reflects the effectiveness of pumping action of heart, and to see if there is any evidence of pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in pulmonary arteries). If you could meet with a dietician to work on cholesterol and weight reduction, get on a gradually increasing exercise program (cardiac rehab), and do everything you can with weight reduction and diet changes to avoid developing diabetes, your heart may improve over time. And of course, avoid smoking. Sleep apnea contributes to heart failure too, so that needs to be treated aggressively and with oxygen if you are low on oxygen at night even with CPAP.
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