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    Cardiomegaly how serious is this?
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    Debsbears posted:
    I had to have a complete spine X-ray done for scoliosis. They found that and a host of other things wrong. But the result that stood out the most was "Cardiomegaly is present".

    I immediately called my cardio guy gave them the word and they told me to come in no later than Friday. I take it that this condition is serious! Deb
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    cardiostarusa1 responded:
    Hi:

    "I take it that this condition is serious!"

    It mainly depends on the cause.

    General info

    Mayo Clinic

    Enlarged heart (cardiomegaly) isn't a disease, but rather a symptom of another condition

    SEE: Complications

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/enlarged-heart/ds01129


    Noteworthy, there is a medical term known as the cardiothoracic ratio (CTR), which is a measurement on a routine chest X-ray (CXR) of the width of the heart divided by the width of the chest.

    Typically, a CTR greater than 50% is suggestive of an enlarged or dilated heart. Noteworthy though, in some cases, a heart may/can be greater than 50% of the cardiothoracic ratio and still be considered a normal heart.

    Also, and as seen on a resting echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound), the entire heart (global enlargement) may/can become affected or just an area of it (regional enlargement).

    Take extra-good care,

    C*

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    Be well-informed

    Health Central

    Cardiac Enlargement: A Patient Guide

    There are two types of cardiac enlargement: Hypertrophy and dilation......

    With the exception of exercise-induced enlargement, all forms of cardiac enlargement are abnormal and associated with further...

    http://www.healthcentral.com/heart-disease/patient-guide-44614-6.html

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    LEARN ABOUT the Heart


    WebMD

    The Heart: (Human Anatomy) Pictures, Definition, Location in the Body and Heart Problems

    http://www.webmd.com/heart/picture-of-the-heart

    HeartSite

    Heart info, cardiac tests (commonly performed, mainstream types) info, actual diagnostic images.

    http://www.heartsite.com

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    "Be a questioning patient. TALK to your DOCTOR and ASK QUESTIONS. Studies show that patients who ask the most questions, and are most assertive, get the best results. Be vigilant and speak up!"

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    James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
    "Cardiomegaly" means "enlarged heart."

    However, in my experience it's not uncommon for people to be identified with cardiomegaly on an Xray and then subsequent testing (such as a cardiac ultrasound) shows that the heart is actually normal in size. But I agree that it's a good idea to follow-up, especially given that it sounds like you already have a relationship with a cardiologist and therefore may already have some history of heart disease. Take care.
     
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    Sandflea replied to James Beckerman, MD, FACC's response:
    I used to have this as a child but it gradually went away, until now. I am 60 and I get dizzy spells after rising from a stoop or some exercise. For some time now, when I use the bathroom (BM) I get sick and vomit almost everytime afterwards. I vomit the usual stomach contents it seems but towards the end it is a mass of something that seems to large to come through the throat, like a thick mass of coarse ceral or something. What should I do?


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