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What should I do for cardiomegaly, a cough and breathing problems?
My X-Ray reports show borderline cardiomegaly. I am suffering from cough and breathing problem. How can I prevent it and what type of treatment does it require?
submitted by Malini from Surat, India on 9/22/2012
by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Michael J. Mihalick, MD
Dear Malini: Borderline cardiomegaly (heart enlargement) on a chest X-ray is a finding that can be essentially benign or indicate a potentially serious heart condition. The fact that you have a breathing problem and a cough that were apparently serious enough to warrant a chest x-ray means that they may well be connected. I suggest that you discuss this with your treating physician to see if further studies such as an echocardiogram are indicated. Another option would be to get a second opinion from a cardiologist and show him the films. A finding like this should not be ignored. Sincerely.
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Updated October 2012