Heart Enlargement

What Causes Enlarged Heart?

Enlarged heart can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose enlarged heart, we could:
  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "enlarged heart" as a symptom.  For example, cardiomyopathy.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
arrhythmia
having advanced cardiomyopathy
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of enlarged heart.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate pre-existing cardiovascular problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Has it been confirmed by a doctor that you have an enlarged heart?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No, it is definitely not enlarged
→ Mildly enlarged / doctor not concerned
→ Moderately enlarged
→ Severely enlarged / doctor is very concerned
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either absence of enlarged heart or enlarged heart, The Analyst™ will consider or rule out possibilities such as Cardiomyopathy.

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