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Certain medications, including chemotherapy drugs, NSAIDs, steroids, and some antidepressants and antipsychotics, can cause an enlarged heart. This can lead to serious symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, and irregular heartbeat. It’s important to be aware of the link between medications and enlarged heart and consult with a healthcare provider if you experience any symptoms.

There are many diagnostic techniques used by doctors to perform diagnosis of an enlarged heart. You can identify certain early signs that indicate that it may possibly be due to enlarged heart or related complication. Doctors use several tests to confirm the diagnosis. ECG and imaging tests (MRI) are few examples.

An enlarged heart (medically called cardiomegaly) isn’t a disease, but rather a sign of another underlying condition. You may develop an enlarged heart temporarily because of infections, stress, in pregnancy, or due to some diseases. It can be caused because of several reasons, but generally it develops due to high blood pressure (hypertension) or coronary artery disease.

An enlarged heart is generally treatable but can result in serious complications without treatment and even sudden death. It can increase the risk of deadly blood clots and cardiac arrest. Enlarged heart’s left ventricle can cause heart failure. The risk of sudden death increases during exercise or strenuous physical activity.

The symptoms of Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPE) are often mild in the beginning, but they become serious if they aren’t treated early. If the prostate becomes enlarged, it can put pressure on the bladder and urethra causing urinary problems. Common symptoms are frequent urge of urine, waking up at night frequently for urination etc.