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What is enlarged heart in a child?

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07/19/14

An enlarged heart means that your child has a heart that is larger than normal. The causes of an enlarged heart in a child could range from normal causes to life-threatening problems. Sometimes the concern for an enlarged heart in a child stems from the child having a chest x-ray, but this isn't 100% accurate for diagnosis, you will then need to get anechocardiogram to confirm or deny if your child has an enlarged heart.

An enlarged heart in a child can really mean a wide range of things for sure, but if you get the testing done to confirm that your child has an enlarged heart, you will have a specialist there to help lead you in the right direction to protect your child. Sometimes an enlarged heart in a child really isn't a cause for concern while other times it can be a sign of congenital heart defect. The basic definition of an enlarged heart in a child is: a child who has a larger than normal heart size.

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