Enlarged Heart In Children: Symptoms, Causes And Treatment

Causes of Enlarged Heart in Children

The medical term for enlarged heart is cardiomegaly. In children the condition is result of some other underlying cause.

  • Cardiomyopathy is the main cause of enlargement of heart in children.
  • In the above condition the heart is unable to pump properly and this can lead to congestive heart failure.
  • Cardiomyopathy can be due to viral infection.
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Radiation treatment for cancer.
  • Valvular disease, mitral valve stenosis, aortic valve stenosis.
  • Congenital septal defects of the heart.
  • Rheumatic valve disease.

Symptoms of Enlarged Heart in Children

  • Breathlessness
  • Cough
  • Heart beet are fast
  • Palpitation
  • Dizziness
  • Pain in the chest.

Treatment of Enlarged Heart in Children

The treatment will depend on the under lying cause:

  • If there is congenital condition present like septal defect, it can be surgically repaired.
  • Pace maker is implanted in some condition of the heart.
  • Thyroid disease should be addressed if the child is suffering from the disease.
  • Honey is good myocardiac tonic. Child can drink lime water and honey together.
  • Another fruit which is valuable is apple. It is said that an apple a day keeps the heart problems at bay.
  • Regular medicine of modern medicine may be taken apart from the home remedies according to the doctor’s advice.

Prognosis of enlarged heart in children:

It will depend on the cause, if the cause is treatable, than further progress of heart enlargement will stop.  Therefore frequent cardiology follow up is extremely important.