Enlarged heart question

Question: 

My dog has an enlarged heart. What are her chances for a normal life?

Answer: 

If your dog is diagnosed with an enlarged heart on chest radiographs (xrays), the next step would be to see a cardiologist for an echocardiogram. Some breeds tend to have larger-appearing hearts normally. However, if your dog also has physical exam abnormalities, such as a heart murmur or arrhythmia, or symptoms, such as shortness of breath, increased panting, coughing, or exercise intolerance, it is very important to have these abnormalities looked at. Once a diagnosis is established, then prognosis can be discussed.

 

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