Enlarged Heart Diasease

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Enlarged Heart diasese

Immediate and long term side affects

Some short term side affects of enlarged heart disease would be:

Chest pain or pressure (occurs usually with exercise or physical activity, but can also occur with rest or after meals)

Shortness of breath (dyspnea), especially with exertion

Fatigue (feeling tired)

Fainting (caused by irregular heart rhythms, abnormal responses of the blood vessels during exercise, or no cause may be found)

Palpitations (fluttering in the chest) due to abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), such as atrial fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia

Sudden death (occurs in a small number of patients with EHD)

Some long term affects are:

Shortness of breath (especially with exertion or when lying flat)

Leg swelling

Increased abdominal girth

Weight gain

Fatigue

Symptoms vary widely in people with an enlarged heart. Others may have mild symptoms that remain unchanged for years other times, it is discovered in someone without symptoms who gets a test for other reasons. Some may never have symptoms, while some may experience steadily worsening shortness of breath over time.


Advances

There has been many improvements in studying and operating on the heart. In India they used Ayruvedic. This ancient healing system has been in practice in India for more than 5000 years. Ayruvedic literature describes the use of Arjuna bark to improve the pumping action of the heart; brewing Arjun Tea delivered the same benefit as the bark. Now doctors use treatments like Stents. Stents are small expandable tubes used to treat narrowed or weakened arteries in the body. In patients with coronary heart disease, caused by the buildup of plaque, stents are used to open narrowed arteries and help reduce symptoms such as chest pain (angina), or to help treat a heart attack.