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Can an enlarge heart be caused by bruising of the heart as

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Can an enlarge heart be caused by bruising of the heart as a result of a road traffic accident ?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Natasha replied 4 years ago.

Doctor Cameron :

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Doctor Cameron :

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Doctor Cameron :

can you tell me what happened?

JACUSTOMER-bmzvz1bo- :

Had a car accident fractured left ankle damaged both hips, cracked ribs bruised heart cuts over face.collapsed lung In critical care unit, tubed swollen all over.

Doctor Cameron :

then what happened/

Doctor Cameron :

when were you diagnosed with an enlarged heart?

JACUSTOMER-bmzvz1bo- :

Went to india for christmas felt unwell there went to hospital was given nebuliser next day can home still felt unwell stayed in bed for 3 weeks didnt get any better went to dr, he sent me to hospital had all the heart test done nothing was said, was given antibiotics had a fit and cardiac arrest . but i want to know is what can cause it , years ago i used to drink a lot but not for the last 15 years

Doctor Cameron :

do you have an enlarged heart or did you have a heart attack?

Doctor Cameron :

they are a bit different

Doctor Cameron :

did you have an echocardiogram?

Doctor Cameron :

please get back to me

JACUSTOMER-bmzvz1bo- :

no heart attack, yes i had an echocardiogram, also the one that go's through the groin, also went for a stent but i didnt need it

Doctor Cameron :

What did your echocardiogram say?

JACUSTOMER-bmzvz1bo- :

dont know

Doctor Cameron :

so how do you know you have an enlarged heart?

JACUSTOMER-bmzvz1bo- :

x-ray

Doctor Cameron :

Okay

Doctor Cameron :

xray is a pretty much useless way of seeing if you have an enlarged heart

Doctor Cameron :

it depends on your positioning and how the film was shot

Doctor Cameron :

if your echo was normal, and I am *sure* they would have let you know if it was not, then you do NOT have an enlarged heart

Doctor Cameron :

You can get an enlarged heart from a cardiac bruise from blunt force trauma to the chest, but it is very rare

Doctor Cameron :

You can also get an enlarged heart from a viral infection, high blood pressure, heart attack and sometimes we don't know (called idiopathic cardiomyopathy(

Doctor Cameron :

but if the only study is an xray, I would rest assured that everything is normal

JACUSTOMER-bmzvz1bo- :

They definitely told me it is enlarged

Doctor Cameron :

Well, get an echocardiogram

Doctor Cameron :

or get the results.

Doctor Cameron :

that will tell you for sure

Doctor Cameron :

You can also get an enlarged heart from a viral infection, high blood pressure, heart attack and sometimes we don't know (called idiopathic cardiomyopathy(

JACUSTOMER-bmzvz1bo- :

thank you

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Doctor Cameron :

hello?

Expert:  Dr. Natasha replied 4 years ago.
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