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.
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: