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Can Enlarged Heart be Reversed with Treatment?

by Disease Fix Largest Disease Information Center
What is Enlarged Heart?
An enlarged heart isn’t a disease that occurs by itself. It is a symptom caused by an underlying disease. A heart enlargement is also called cardiomegaly and can be seen in a chest X-ray. If a doctor finds that you have an enlarged heart, he will ask for more tests to diagnose the actual cause or disease resulting in the enlargement and then will determine how to reverse the condition or treat it.

The tests that are generally ordered by a doctor includes an EKG, echocardiogram, CT scan or blood tests. The results of these tests will enable your doctor to figure out what is causing the enlarged heart. This may include reasons such as high blood pressure, abnormal heartbeat, cardiomyopathy and congenial heart defects.

When your heart becomes enlarged, you will feel symptoms. Enlarged heart symptoms include chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, and swelling in the legs. These are early signs of heart failure and need immediate treatment.

Can treatment reverse an enlarged heart?
In some cases the doctor will try to treat the underlying cause of the condition. This will improve heart functioning and can even reverse the enlarged effect. You will need to take a regular treatment and modify your lifestyle.

Tips to help improve the condition

  • You should make certain changes to your lifestyle while the treatment is going on.
  • Stop smoking completely.
  • Stop drinking alcohol or taking drugs.
  • Follow a low-salt diet.
  • Regularly monitor your blood pressure.
  • Some people may need to lose weight.
  • You should also try to get enough good sleep. 
  • Start a moderate exercise plan that has been approved by your doctor. Ask your doctor what exercises you can do. Accordingly, do exercises regularly as suggested by the doctor.
  • Improve your overall fitness.
  • Get a prescription for a drug from a drug to strengthen the heart muscle. Heart defects and enlargement can cause the heart muscles to become weak. Medications such as Lasix, Vasotec, and Digoxin can help reverse the heart enlargement by improving the condition of these muscles.
  • If your medical condition or any disease is causing an irregular heartbeat, this may enlarge your heart. Your doctor will decide if you require a pacemaker to regulate your heart rhythms. 
  • You may need surgeries to reverse a heart enlargement. If a medication or pacemaker cannot correct the condition that is causing the enlarged heart, you may require heart valve surgery or undergo through a heart transplant. 

While you can't completely cure your enlarged heart with home remedies only, the above listed are some ways through which you can improve your condition while being on medical treatment. You should discuss with your doctor about necessary lifestyle changes such as giving up smoking, decreasing or completely eliminating alcohol, reducing salt intake, controlling conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure, learning how to monitor your blood pressure by yourself and getting enough good sleep.


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