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A recent electrocardiogram revealed an enlarged left atrium. I'm only 25 but heart disease runs in my family. How serious of a condition is this?
Depends: There are 2 question: is the atrium truly enlarged and, if so, is there a reason for it: both can be answered with an echocardiogram. Usual reasons for left atrial enlargement are: hypertension, left ventricular diastolic dysfunction, atrial fibrillation, mitral valve disease, and atrial septal defect. The EKG is very indirect. The echo is much more accurate as it directly measures LA size. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Electrocardiogram (ecg, ekg) is a print-out of the electrical forces detected by electrodes on the chest wall, as electricity travels through the heart with each heart beat. The electrodes are placed in different positions, and each position "sees" the electrical activity of the heart from its own vantage point. Abnormalities in signal detected at chest surface ...Read more
I do not know: Your dr. who knows you best, will take that reading and compare it to your overall physical condition, and most likely it will be fine, but they need to discuss it with you to be sure. ...Read more
Is a borderline ECG reading that states probable atrial abnormality, possible rsr' in V1 or V2 anything to worry about?
Ecg: Borderline ECG with right atrial overload pattern is a nonspecific finding. You should discuss with your doctor whether it has meaning in you. ...Read more
Ecg: The ecg represents the surface recording of electrical vectors produced by the summated electrical forces through time produced by the cells of the heart. As such there are millions of atrial action potentials summated in each portion. Roughly the end of the p wave and the rest of theQRS-T would correlate with atrial repolarization and depolarization would be present as the p wave appears ...Read more
Atrial repolarizatio: You can see this on some ecgs but not on most. It is seen when present after the P wave and before the onset of the QRS ...Read more
ECG: Without seeing the ecg and only given what you wrote, it isn't possible to know whether the ecg is abnormal or not. An axis of 57 degrees is not a 'right axis', 157 degrees would be. Left atrial enlargement has definite ecg parameters but doesn't always mean significant abnormality is present. If it were possible to see the ecg more comment would be possible. ...Read more
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