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What to do if I had pulmonary edema during gall bladder removal in 2011. the radiology report reads. The cardiac silhouette?

What to do if I had pulmonary edema during gall bladder removal in 2011. the radiology report reads. The cardiac silhouette?

Surgery-related: It may have been related to surgery. If you have had no symptoms since the surgery then I would simply ask your doctor if a repeat chest x-ray needs to be done. The x-ray report will discuss the 'cardiac silhouette' which just refers to how the outline of the heart looks on x-ray.

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What do you advise if I had pulmonary edema during gall bladder removal in 2011. The radiology report reads. The cardiac silhouette?

What do you advise if I had pulmonary edema during gall bladder removal in 2011. The radiology report reads. The cardiac silhouette?

Not to worry: The X-ray was likely a post-operative portable. And you may have had signs of pulmonary edema by radiographic evidence. Since it has been 3 years since the study and there has been no clinical sequelae, I would not worry about it.

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Ct scan with contrast found a 3mm nodule in my left lung, minimal dependent atelectasis, & an exaggerated cardiac silhouette. What does this mean?

Ct scan with contrast found a 3mm nodule in my left lung, minimal dependent atelectasis, & an exaggerated cardiac silhouette. What does this mean?

Pulmonary nodule: Any nodule in the lung, no matter what size, needs to be investigated thoroughly. Comparison with previous chest xrays and CT scans would be the priority. If you smoked tobacco, then further tests such as a PET scan and a biopsy and bronchoscopy are indicated. Please see a pulmonologist soon. Best wishes.

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What happens if you have cardiac enlargement or heart enlargement?

What happens if you have cardiac enlargement or heart enlargement?

Heart enlargement: This is a response to pressure or volume loads on the heart. Sometimes it is a genetically driven process.

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Can enlarged cardiac valves cause dizziness?

Can enlarged cardiac valves cause dizziness?

Enlarged valves?: Stenotic valves can cause dizziness but valves don't enlarge they may get stretched & leak but not enlarged.

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What will happen if you have cardiac enlargement or heart enlargement?

What will happen if you have cardiac enlargement or heart enlargement?

Depends: Many variables. It depends on the cause, degree of enlargement/dilatation, overall function of the heart, etc. Enlargement of the heart should be evaluated by cardiologist.

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Hospitalist said need cath: AV block, biatrial enlargement& cardiac insufficiency. Heart Dr. Won’t cath due to my low BP. Should I get second opinion?

Poor cardiac output: It sounds like you are high risk for a cardiac cath. Anesthesia and the procedure alone can drop your blood pressure lower and cause you to have a heart attack, go into hypotensive shock, or acute renal failure. Once they have maximized you on medication and your blood pressure improves they can reassess the risk vs the benefit of performing the catherization.

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Would a cardiac MRI of shown a enlarged heart and cardiomyopathies? What about heart failure?

Would a cardiac MRI of shown a enlarged heart and cardiomyopathies? What about heart failure?

MRI: Yes an MRI can be used to diagnose enlarged heart, cardiomyopathy and heart failure. Another test that is often used to make these diagnoses is the echocardiogram. MRI uses magnets to image the heart and echocardiogram uses ultrasound.

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Hx of cardiac paraganglioma. Enlarged lv.5 posterior lymph node in neck, dur. 5 month and tripled in size. Other lymph nodes swollen too. Metastasis?

Hx of cardiac paraganglioma. Enlarged lv.5 posterior lymph node in neck, dur. 5 month and tripled in size. Other lymph nodes swollen too. Metastasis?

? suspect Recurrence: I would advise that you seek advice from your oncologists. A biopsy of the lymph nodes would be indicated if they are enlarging over the past few months.

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What does mildly enlarged cardio mediastinal silhouette &mild enhancement anterior and inferior pericardium I am 3 months post pericardial window?

What does mildly enlarged cardio mediastinal silhouette &mild enhancement anterior and inferior pericardium I am 3 months post pericardial window?

It depends what your: Previous x ray looked like. For definitive answer, you will probably need to repeat echocardiogram. Ask your doctor for recommendation on when you should get this test.

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If I look up and feel my neck I can feel the outline of my thyroid, does this mean its enlarged?

If I look up and feel my neck I can feel the outline of my thyroid, does this mean its enlarged?

Maybe nothing: The thyroid is hard to feel, unless it is huge. It blends in with your neck muscles, fat, cartilage. Some patients who tell me they feel their thyroid are feeling something else, but they get focused on it, and keep stroking "it" until the skin on their neck gets red. Even many doctors are only so-so at examining the thyroid unless they do it a lot.

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What is cardiac insufficiency?

What is cardiac insufficiency?

Vague: This is a vague term which is not typical nomenclature. I assume its referring to a pt with a weak heart called a cardiomyopathy. The pumping function is impaired and thus " insufficient " to meet the bodies needs. Pts like this are prone to episode of cogestive heart failure.

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What's cardiac output?

What's cardiac output?

Heart pump volume: The cardiac output is the volume of blood per minute pumped by the heart. Cardiac output is equal to heart rate multiplied by stroke volume (the volume of blood ejected with each heartbeat).

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