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How can doctors see if you have an enlarged heart or heart failure?

Can this be done by just listening with a stethoscope?

If an x-ray, echocardiogram and stress test (on treadmill) suggest there's no problem, can there be a possibility that there actually is a problem?


I have been having difficulty breathing, like I can't take a full breath, after taking a course of accutane (I have a history of asthma but this is not the same as my attacks) , and I've seen many doctors about it, all saying that they can't find anything. My lung function is above average, I had a physical exam and I was healthy, I had 3 x-rays done and had a holter monitor on for 24 hours AND I also had a doppler ultrasound conducted, all no problem.

I am worried because I cannot see what could be wrong with me but I can certainly feel the difficulty I have breathing. I would be grateful if anyone could suggest any other things I might have missed for getting tested! Thanks :)

Munkiman
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Pretty unlikely, the echo would see any structural issues with your heart including any enlargement and the stress test would most likely have found any CAD present. You may just be experiencing some anxiety issues, but your heart seems like it's fine.

Good luck,

Jon
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