How Do You Reduce An Enlarged Heart?

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An enlarged heart, or cardiomegaly, is a medical condition in which the heart is larger than normal. Symptoms may include respiratory problems, arrhythmia, and a cough. An enlarged heart can be caused by a number of underlying diseases, such as hypertension, cardiomyopathy, or a heart valve disease. It's important to treat an enlarged heart as soon as possible; if untreated, cardiomegaly can lead to serious complications and heart failure. Fortunately, medical treatment exists to reduce an enlarged heart; this treatment will vary based on the underlying condition that is causing your cardiomegaly. Take diuretic medication. Diuretics, such as Lasix or Aldactone, flush excess fluid out of your system. This loss of fluid reduces arterial pressure, possibly placing less stress on your heart and allowing it to shrink to a healthy size. Take high blood pressure medication if hypertension is the underlying cause of your cardiomegaly. These may include angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) ... more
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