Shrinking of the Heart. Atrophy.
THE heart, like any other muscle, is liable to defective nutrition, and in consequence of it may become small. It shrinks, in some cases, to the size of an infant's heart.
The complaint is generally caused by whatever reduces the general flesh, as consumption, diabetes, chronic dysentery,, cancer, and excessive loss of blood.
It can hardly be called a disease. Persons who have it are less subject to inflammatory diseases than others, though they faint from slight causes, and have nervous affections.
Treatment. If its causes can be discovered, treat them; if not the treatment should be the same as for dilatation.
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