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Not likely: There are a few treatable causes of atrial fibrillation however in most, there is no such cause found. Cure is possible by ablation procedure which in general does not have a great success rate, except perhaps in the hands of a selected few experts. For most people, treatment with medication is recommended which may offer rhythm control, i.e. Keep in normal rhythm. ...Read more
RAE: Right atrial enlargement can be a true anatomic diagnosis related to pathology in the heart or lungs. There are also ECG readings of 'right atrial enlargment' which may or may not actually represent true anatomic enlargement of the right atrium. If you have true right atrial enlargment, you need a diagnosis of the reason why your right atrium is enlarged. ...Read more
Appendage: You likely speak of the left and right atrial appendages. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on the cause and the size of the chambers. ...Read more
Volume/ BSA = index: LA volume / BSA = index. It is a way to compare volumes taking into account variability of patient size ...Read more
Can moderate thickening of the left atrium be reversed? If so, what would be the typical drug regimen?
Left atrium: Left atrial dilation is easier to image than hypertrophy. If la thickening is truly present, the cause would suggest therapeutic steps. We generally treat what we believe is causing an abnormality. ...Read more
Can pointed P waves just show that the impulse is originating somewhere other than the SAN rather than an atrial abnormality?
No: You're confusing inverted p waves with "pointed" p waves. ...Read more
Atrial PPM. Oct '14: Sensing 3.10mV, Impedance 1001ohms, Threshold 0.6v at 0.4, 37% paced
Now: 1.60mV, 800 ohms & 0.7v at 0.4, 56% paced. Why change?
Abnormal rhythm: Atrial fibrillation (af) is a heart rhythm problem due to disorganization of the electrical activity in the atria (upper heart chambers). Af is the most common heart rhythm disorder. Patients with af may have no symptoms or may have symptoms such as decreased energy, palpitations, or heart failure. Af also increases the risk of stroke. Various therapies may be used to treat af and stroke risks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer