dilation of the heart

dilation of the heart

Etymology: L, dilatare, to widen; AS, heorte
an enlargement of the heart caused by stretching of a weakened myocardium. The condition is associated with acute pulmonary embolism and heart failure.

dilation of the heart

Enlargement of the chambers of the heart, typically because of diseases of the heart valves or cardiomyopathy. It may result in congestive heart failure.
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And because it was not diagnosed early, this has caused the dilation of the heart and this shunt the blood flow in the wrong direction, causing high blood pressure in the lung vessels leading to a valve incompetence (leakage), he explained.
This applied physiology initially created some confusion as dilation of the heart had long been thought to be synonymous with cardiac disease: "Dilation of the heart.
As the heart attempts to supply the body with adequate blood, the stress on the heart builds in a degenerative cycle of muscle damage, often leading to an unhealthy dilation of the heart.