Features June 2017 Issue

Pay Close Attention to Early Enlarged Heart Symptoms

Dilated cardiomyopathy is one condition that is characterized by an enlarged heart. The heart’s lower left chamber stretches out to try to pump more blood. But after a while, the heart can no longer pump effectively.

Pay Close Attention to Early Enlarged Heart Symptoms

A prompt visit to your doctor may help prevent heart failure or other complications from damaging your cardiovascular health.

The early symptoms of an enlarged heart can be so subtle that they are easy to ignore: shortness of breath, swelling in the legs or abdomen, fatigue, dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, an irregular heart rhythm. If you experience any of these, don’t wait for them to worsen. See your doctor. “We need to start looking at what’s going on and decide what the possible cause could be,” says Cleveland Clinic heart failure specialist Miriam Jacob, MD.

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