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The term cardiomegaly most commonly refers to an enlarged heart. It is not a disease, but rather a symptom of another disease or condition.
An enlarged heart is sometimes the temporary result of stress on your body caused by anything from pregnancy to a heart issue, such as coronary artery disease, heart valve problems or an abnormal heart rhythm.
In some people, an enlarged heart causes no signs or symptoms. Others may experience shortness of breath, abnormal heart rhythm or swelling in the legs.
Complications of enlarged heart can include:
When detected early, an enlarged heart is easier to treat.
So talk to your Mercy doctor if you have concerns or symptoms. Your Mercy doctor has easy, convenient access to a full range of diagnostic and treatment tools, and can connect you with a Mercy heart specialist as needed.
In addition to a physical exam and simple X-rays, your doctor might order:
Treatments for an enlarged heart focus on correcting the cause. Based on the problem, your doctor might use:
At Mercy, we offer comprehensive testing services to diagnose conditions and injuries, including:
At Mercy, we offer compassionate care for a variety of treatment services, including: