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Posted by: Clive | 2004/01/13

Enlarged heart - causes

What are the causes of an enlarged heart. Can this be treated or is it fatal? Can this affect your lifespan?

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Clive, an enlarged heart is usually a sign, not really a disease. It is seldom reversible, but the effects of an enlarged heart are often readily treatable. The effect it has on one’s life expectancy depends on the cause of the enlarged heart and whether treatment of this cause halts progression of the enlargement before it causes heart failure. The list of causes is long, but the most common causes are hypertension and ischaemic heart disease. Good luck

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