HEART BEAT

Health & Nutrition - - STAR TIME - Dr Ajit R Menon, In­ter­ven­tional Car­di­ol­o­gist

My doc­tor told me I have an en­larged heart. What is an en­larged heart? What are the symp­toms and tests for it? Pratap Ku­mar, Mumbai

An en­larged heart is a gen­er­alised ter­mi­nol­ogy used when any modal­ity of in­ves­ti­ga­tion sug­gests that the size of the heart seems in­ap­pro­pri­ately more than what it should nor­mally be. This is com­monly de­tected on a chest X-ray. The eas­i­est way to di­ag­nose it is to do a 2 D Echocar­dio­g­ra­phy and Dop­pler stud­ies which will give an ac­cu­rate di­ag­no­sis. If the Echo shows any­thing, then fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions will be re­quired.

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