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Hi, my father has enlarged left ventricle, but the doctor said that many people have that and that it’s not curable. But, he can still live for many years. What is the cause of enlarged left ventricle?

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Hi, I believe it is not a severe case and if your father is taking medications, than he is having situation under control. Usually, overloaded heart has to use more strength and finally it gets enlarged and thicker. This is called hypertrophy. Another reason for hypertrophy may be a dilatation (expansion) of the heart, as consequence of damage that weakens the heart muscle. For example heart attack, congestive heart failure and dilatated cardiomyopathy. Your father needs to have his heart checked regularly, and to take prescribed therapy in order to avoid any further damage of the heart muscle.
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Hello there corriher,

Well, an enlarged left ventricle is usually due to either cardiomyopathy which is a weakening of the heart muscle or valvular heart disease.

 Valve disease is very often treated by correcting the underlying valve problem. At first this is done with medications and later on with surgery. The most common cause of an enlarged left ventricle is cardiomyopathy or weakening of the heart muscle.

 Initial treatment is performed with medications which are usually diuretics, digitalis, vasodilators (ACE inhibitors and/or ARB inhibitors), and beta blockers, such as carvedilol (Coreg) or metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol XL).

In more severe cases special pacemakers or defibrillators are used and only in the most difficult cases heart transplants are required. I hope this was helpful.

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