It depends on the cause and what part of the heart is enlarged, did they give you a diagnosis for youre condition? Is it your entire heart and did they give it a name? It is possible for the heart to re-model istself under certain conditions.
As Jon states it depends on the underlying cause. My experience the heart remodeled (dilated type) due to weak contractions (some impairment of heart muscle) and heavy workload (high blood pressure) for the heart to pump against. By reducing the heart's afterload (bp meds, beta blocker, med to increase contractions, etc) there has been a reverse remodeling and my heart size is within the normal range. The heart compensated with minor dilation and then overcompensated that impeded contractions effecting the heart's pumping efficiency and eventually heart failure.
If the heart has pathologically enlarged with heart muscle disease, the heart walls thicken and loses its flexibility. Sometimes ablation (surgically remove growth) is performed. The enlargement can be due to valve stenosis, mitral valve regurgitation, tortuous aorta, etc.
Minimal enlargement can indicate an athlete's heart where the left ventricle is enlarged and a normal consequence of a healthy efficient heart ( resting heart rate below 60 bpm). Was the enlargement dx with an echo or x-ray images? Sometimes not a very reliable source when the comment is slightly enlarged as the echo is an estimate and images may be unclear.
Copyright 1994-2017MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.