What Causes Enlarged Heart?


what causes an aortic aneurysm?

My mom passed away at age 46, her cause of death was an aortic aneurysm. Iwas told that she had an enlarged heart that was 2 times the size of her chest. I wanted to know how its caused? and is an enlarged heart genectic?

So sorry.

Aortic aneurysms can be caused by high blood pressure, the enlarged heart can also be from high blood pressure.

Certain other conditions like Marfans can predispose to aortic aneurysm but that is usually a condition that is diagnosed earlier in life (it causes long limbs and other distinguishing features).

An enlarged heart can be caused by high blood pressure, heart valve disease, infections, obesity, alcoholism or congenital conditions (congenital would usually have been detected as a child).

Her doctor may be able to give you more information as to what may have caused the enlarged heart.

An enlarged heart is not usually genetic.

What causes an enlarged heart in a dog? Is this more common in mini schnauzers?

My sweetie just was diagnosed with an enlarged heart, and has trouble breathing. He also has a bit of fluid in his lungs. He was perscibed Lasix, and now he's back to his old self- at least somewhat. What causes the enlarged heart?

Schnauzers are not more prone to enlarged heart than other breeds. This can be caused by several things, the most common being an overweight dog, or a high fat diet, and lack of exercise. The heart gets bigger because it has to pump harder to circulate the blood. It can also be caused by a problem in the heart valves (like a murmur), or by lung disease. The fluid in the lungs is a side effect of the heart not circulating blood effectively. The lasix is usually a lifetime treatment. The other things that can help are changing to a quality high protein, low fat diet, help him lose weight, and take him for a long walk each day.

Can mental stress cause an enlarged heart?

A friend of mine died from a heart attack, and he also had an enlarged heart. He was having problems with his wife at the time, and some people think she is to blame for his death. The coroner said that he was under a lot of stress, and thats why his heart was enlarged. Is he talking about bodily stress (the blocked arteries, drinking, not exercising, stuff like that) or could the stress he was under from his relationship be the cause? I agree its not fair to blame her, but other people are, and Im just trying to figure out what the probable cause is.

High blood pressure over prolonged periods (years) can cause LVH (left ventricular hypertrophy) which is enlarging of a portion of the heart. Stress may cause high BP.
However, it is not fair to blame this man's wife!

What causes an enlarged heart in dogs?

I have a 3 year old Shetland Sheepdog that has been recently diagnosed with an enlarged heart. What are some possible causes?

Given the age of your dog, I would say genetics. If he has been diagnosed, what did your vet say about it?

How does heart rate change with enlarged or smaller heart?

In another word, when pumbing function is lesser, the heart tends to enlarge to pumb more blood to the body and vice vesa. Does heart beats always reduce or increase when the heart enlarges or restores back to its normal size? If so, a patient takes medicine to slower heart beats, will it cause the enlarged heart as the result? and again if a patient doesnt take pills for heart beats then can the heart return to normal size with a little more HR? Thanks.

When systolic function (pumping) declines the heart tends to beat faster to try to compensate for the systolic function. This leads to hypertrophy of the heart muscle (the heart is putting in more effort to pump so it enlarges, just like if you lift weights your arm muscles will enlarge) The problem with the heart beating fast is that it doesn't have enough time to fill up with blood. Medications are given to slow the heart rate so that the heart has time to fill with blood and then pump that blood out to the rest of the body.
Once the heart is enlarged (no matter what the cause) it will not return to it's original size. Remember that the heart enlarges due to the fast heart rate not the other way around.
Hope this makes sense!

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