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  • RE: Artery blockage

    Hi,

    "I have been told I have 20% artery blockage on right side"

    Keep all known modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease (which actually begins very early in life, even as early as in the pre-teen/teenage years) closely in-check to help reduce/prevent the progression of atherosclerotic plaque buildup.

    Noteworthy, interventional procedures, such as angioplasty, with or without stents, is typically considered/performed if/when blockages are at 70%-75% or greater. Sometimes with less percentage of blockage, dependent on any symptom(s) present and the severity of the symptom(s) thereof.

    ......"enlarged heart. How serious is this?"

    An enlarged heart is medically known as cadiomegaly. An enlarged heart is often caused by another condition, which puts added stress on the heart and leads to heart damage. Although there are many different causes for an enlarged heart, in some cases, the cause is unknown (idiopathic).

    A common cause is stress on the body, especially during pregnancy, but in this situation, the cause is temporary, so the damage isn’t as lasting.

    Other causes of an enlarged heart include:

    Congenital heart condition - you are born with an enlarged heart
    Damage from a heart attack
    Abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia)
    High blood pressure
    Heart valve disease
    Cardiomyopathy
    Pulmonary hypertension
    Pericardial effusion
    Anemia
    Thyroid disorders
    Hemochromatosis
    Amyloidosis
    Alcohol or cocaine abuse
    Kidney disease
    HIV infection
    Abnormal heart valve
    Viral infection of the heart

    Take care,

    CardioStar*

    WebMD Member (since 8/99)

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