A 72-year-old male asked:
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mildly enlarged left atrium with atrial fibrillation.should i be worried about the enlarged left atrium? thank you.

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Afib: Left atrial dilation is expected with atrial fibrillation. Discussion with your doc including risk/benefit of anticoagulants in alcoholics with Afib should take place.
Answered on Oct 16, 2015
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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
40 years experience Preventive Medicine
Atrial enlargement &: slowed atrial conduction=classic precursors & setup for atrial fibrillation. AFib rare without these. Underlying these are atherosclerosis, plaque ruptures & circulation compromises to atrial muscle: a setup for ↓ed atrial function just as it is for ventricular muscle. Thus optimize NMR lipoproteins (Vantera Analyzer), HbA1c, SystolicBP & no smoking, biggest drivers of atherosclerosis, also AFib.
Answered on Jan 1, 2018
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