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An Enlarged Heart Is The Sign Of An Overworked Heart

By Eddie Smyths for exercise-and-health.com

An enlarged heart is an abnormal enlargement of the heart usually due to working the muscle excessively hard. A lifetime fitness program that strictly adheres to maintaining your target heart rate can be helpful in preventing overworking the heart. A heart that becomes enlarged can become a serious health risk for disease, failure and attacks in both mens health and womens health.

When a heart becomes enlarged, it can be due to an existing condition like a heart defect or intense exercise. This can change the heart’s pumping action and the heart will work harder to compensate for the increased demands. Eventually, the increased work level can cause the heart to enlarge and become extended to its limit much like an elastic band. In children, this condition of the heart can result in sudden cardiac death.

The enlargement of the heart will be due to either substantial heart disease or connected with exercise or other strenuous activity. Any prolonged condition or activity that makes a person’s heart work harder can result in it becoming enlarged including high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, obesity, thyroid disease and many, many more. Unfortunately, there have been a small number of cases where patients seem to have no cause for the enlargement of their heart.

As with any lifestyle, regular exercise and a healthy diet are essential to preventing health problems. If you have concerns regarding your heart, heart disease or a family history or heart-related problems, it is important you consult your doctor as soon as possible.

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