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Doctor insights on: Enlarged Left Atrium

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How dangerous is an enlarged left atrium?

How dangerous is an enlarged left atrium?

The size is : Not the problem, the issue is what caused it to become large. Significant mitral regurgitation is a possibility as is hypertension. An enlarged left atrium increases the risk for atrial fibrillation. See your doctor ...Read more

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Can an enlarged left atrium cause chf?

Left atrium enlarged: The left atrium gets enlarged when it has a pressure or volume load upon it. It can be associated with various heart abnormalities including CHF but it isn't a cause per se. ...Read more

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How serious is having an enlarged left atrium with emphysema?

How serious is having an enlarged left atrium with emphysema?

Emphysema : Is a serious matter much more so than left atrial enlargement which is not of significant worry unless arrythmia is resultant or enlargement is result of mitral valve dysfunction. ...Read more

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Mildly enlarged left atrium with atrial fibrillation.Should I be worried about the enlarged left atrium? Thank You.

Mildly enlarged left atrium with atrial fibrillation.Should I be worried about the enlarged left atrium? Thank You.

Atrial enlargement &: slowed atrial conduction are classic precursors & setup for atrial fibrillation. AFib is rare without these. Less commonly discussed are atherosclerosis, plaque ruptures & compromises of circulation to atrial muscle, a setup for ?ed atrial function just as it is for ventricular muscle. Thus optimize NMR lipoproteins, HbA1c & Systolic BP, the 3 biggest drivers of atherosclerosis. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with mitral regurgitation and enlarged left atrium, now lately i've been getting a lot of chest pain sometimes everyday.What could it be?

I was diagnosed with mitral regurgitation and enlarged left atrium, now lately i've been getting a lot of chest pain sometimes everyday.What could it be?

Get it checked out: Mitral regurgitation is when the mitral valve leaks blood back into the left atrium. This can definitely cause the left atrium to enlarge. However, this typically doesn't cause pain per se. Shortness of breath, funny heart rhythms, fatigue are all possible symptoms. Some, however, describe things differently. I recommend you get this checked into. Chest pain can also be something serious. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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What are treatments of enlarged left atrium? Normal valves. Healthy 54 yr old male, 25 #s overweight, normal blood pressure, high stress.

What are treatments of enlarged left atrium? Normal valves. Healthy 54 yr old male, 25 #s overweight, normal blood pressure, high stress.

Is it a problem?: An enlarged left atrium is a problem if one has an arrhythmia. Then it is important to search for the underlying cause. Sometimes mild elevations of systolic or diastolic blood pressure can cause the heart muscle to become stiff; the left atrial pressure rises, its size increasing. Subtle valve problems, arrhythmias, athleticism and rare genetic problems are others. A cardiologist can help. ...Read more

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If you have an echo suggesting that the the left atrium appears small. Is it possible that the heart was originally small within normal limits and that the right atrium may of enlarged making the left atrium appear small? Also, if the ECG also shows point

If you have an echo suggesting that the the left atrium appears small. Is it possible that the heart was originally small within normal limits and that the right atrium may of enlarged making the left atrium appear small? Also, if the ECG also shows point

Echo: I note you list scoliosis has condition you have. Echo appearance is highly beam angle influenced. It is possible you have a normal size L atrium but the beam angles because of the scoliosis make it look small. If everything else is OK, no reason for you to be concerned unless the cardiologist is concerned about the echo. ...Read more

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Left atrium enlargement with 1 st degree heart block is there any cause for concern?

Left atrium enlargement with 1 st degree heart block is there any cause for concern?

LA enlargement : La enlargement is likely due to one of several causes including high blood pressure, valve disease or other structural heart problems. This could be related to the first degree heart block since if the atria is big then it may take longer to conduct from the atria to the ventricle. The best way to evaluate la or left atrial size is by an ultrasound or echocardiogram of the heart. ...Read more

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Can the left atrium be enlarged in 5 months time? I had lt atrium 35 mm 6 months back shown in an echo & an EKG one month back indicates I have lae.

Can the left atrium be enlarged in 5 months time? I had lt atrium 35 mm 6 months back shown in an echo & an EKG one month back indicates I have lae.

Possibly: It's is possible for left atrial enlargement to occur over a period of months depending on heart function or heart valve problems, masses, etc. An ECG finding of left atrial enlargement is less sensitive and specific for lae. An echo is a more definitive test. ...Read more