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Old 03-25-2006, 08:43 AM   #1
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Unhappy slightly enlarged heart

Hi all just had results back from my doctor about my echiocardiogramme. Sh says Main heart muscle normal and all the valves normal. Good News. But there is a suggestion that part of my heart could be enlarged. She says its probably nothing but she is forwarding my results to a cardioligist just for confirmation, What coul;d this be and do I need to worry because at the moment I am worried sick

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Old 03-25-2006, 09:21 AM   #2
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Re: slightly enlarged heart

There's nothing to worry about at this time. Simply having an enlargment of a the heart (actually a single chamber) is not necessarily dangerous.

What is important, is that your doctor sees enough of an abnormality that an expert should look at your test report more closely.

Just being slightly abnormal, doesn't mean doom. But it could indicate that you may need additional tests to determine exactly what is causing enlargement.

Old 03-26-2006, 12:18 AM   #3
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Re: slightly enlarged heart

Would the fact that at the time of the echo I was taking 18 tablets per day for two weeks anti biotics to kill hy pylori and stomach ulcers. What could be the cause of this

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Re: slightly enlarged heart

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Would the fact that at the time of the echo I was taking 18 tablets per day for two weeks anti biotics to kill hy pylori and stomach ulcers. What could be the cause of this
Hi Gilly,

An enlargement of the heart often is due to a heavier than normal workload. For example, as one ages (normal aging, slight enlargement) blood vessels are less flexible and become narrower due to some buildup of plaque. One's system compensates by enlarging the heart that works harder to compensate and reduce the intraventricular pressures.

With good heart muscle, it indicates heart contractions will/should meet system's demand for oxygen-rich blood. The echo indicates valves are good. If either conditons were insufficient cardiac output would be compromised causing the heart to work harder and enlarge. So those conditions can be ruled out.

So the problem should be due to the afterload that requires an abnormal strain on the heart to meet demand. I don't believe it is a stretch there is an abnormal and increased demand for blood/oxygen to overcome a fever and medication for the conditions you state which causes a harder working heart.

The heart muscle is not unlike the skeletal muscle. If you stressfully exercise a skeletal muscle it will pump up and immediately enlarge and in a short time reduce back to normal. But if the stressful exercise is over a longer time the muscle will enlarge and not reduce in size in a short time. With the heart, it would/could require medications for relief.

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