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Doctor insights on: Enlarged Right Atrium Symptoms

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I had a CT scan which reported increased liver arterial pressure. I then had an echocardiogram which reported mild right atrium enlargement. Does this sound consistent with pulmonary hypertentsion? I have no other pulmonary symptoms such as difficulty

I had a CT scan which reported increased liver arterial pressure. I then had an echocardiogram which reported mild right atrium enlargement. Does this sound consistent with pulmonary hypertentsion? I have no other pulmonary symptoms such as difficulty

Investigate more: Both of these could be signs of pulmonary hypertension, but could also be signs of liver problems, left heart failure, and so on. A right heart catheterization plus other testing of your heart and liver should be performed. See a pulmonologist who specializes in pulmonary hypertension to help make the diagnosis first. ...Read more

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What are the health risks of having an enlarged right atrium?

What are the health risks of having an enlarged right atrium?

Atrial enlargement: An enlarged atrium can predispose one to development of cardiac dysrhythmias like atrial fibrillation and can be caused by factors such as lung disease. A cardiologist can advise you further. ...Read more

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Just noticed "probable enlarged right atrium" on an EKG I had, however my dr. Never mentioned it to me. What sort of follow up do I need?

Just noticed "probable enlarged right atrium" on an EKG I had, however my dr. Never mentioned it to me. What sort of follow up do I need?

Questionable entity: An EKG is not a reliable test for Atrial size. It is not uncommon for the EKG report to say 'enlarged right atrium'....but mark the word, " which to me as a physician means that the reader of this report is guessing, /unsure. So in an otherwise well person with a normally functional heart, one can ignore this reading as long as you are not in obvious heart failure with swollen legs. ...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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Can you describe what happens to the blood in the right atrium?

Can you describe what happens to the blood in the right atrium?

RA: Blood inflow during systole of RV with RA pressure rising till in RV diastole the tricuspid valve opens and blood flows into RV from RA until RV systole closes TV and cycle repeats ...Read more

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What's the vertebral level of right atrium?

What's the vertebral level of right atrium?

Anatomy: In a normal positioned heart the atria are at the level of the second thoracic vertebralmlevel. ...Read more

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What does a "mildly dilated right atrium" indicate?

What does a "mildly dilated right atrium" indicate?

Tricuspid Valve leak: The right atrium is 'the first chamber' of the heart where blood collects from the entire body. Blood then travels from the right atrium to the right ventricle through the 'tricuspid' valve. If there is any backflow of blood back through the tricuspid valve then that would cause the right atrium to enlarge. Since the enlargement is only mild then the valve insufficiency (leak) is probably mild. ...Read more

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Can I live a normal life with minor dilated right atrium?

Can I live a normal life with minor dilated right atrium?

Depends on the cause: The fact that is "minor" is in your favor; however, to answer your question, we need a DIAGNOSIS (not just a finding). Dilation of the right atrium occurs for various reasons - pulmonic valve stenosis, tricuspid/pulmonary regurgitation (TR/PR), atrial septal defect (ASD), pulmonary hypertension (PAH). Some of these conditions are treatable (ASD); others don't need treatment (TR); PAH is progressiv ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the dlood entering the right atrium differ fom the blood entering the left atrium?

Can you tell me how the dlood entering the right atrium differ fom the blood entering the left atrium?

Circulation of blood: Heart is a pump, that works non stop, to keep you alive, and is divide in two sections, rt, .and left, all your activities and production of. Carbon dioxide, is carried by veins, transported to rt. Atrium, to rt ventricle, thence to lungs, which exchanges co2 for oxygen, and from lungs taken to left atrium, ventricle and to the rest of body, this cycle goes on, ...Read more

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How is an emboli able to traverse a patent foramen ovale if the net flow of blood is from left to right atrium?

How is an emboli able to traverse a patent foramen ovale if the net flow of blood is from left to right atrium?

Possible: The heart is a pump and a dynamic process. The net pressure is from high to low. But invariably with activity motion and changing in position the flow can switch transiently. If a clot is in the flow at that time then it can become an arterial emboli with all its consequences. ...Read more

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Just been told I have minor dilated right atrium can I go on a plane with this? I also have mobitz type 1. So scared to go on holiday in 9 days

Just been told I have minor dilated right atrium can I go on a plane with this? I also have mobitz type 1. So scared to go on holiday in 9 days

Cardiologist: Both mild right atrial enlargement and mobitz 1 second degree AV block shouldn't disqualify you from flying or participating in physical activities if you have no symptoms unless your heart rate is abnormally slow when exercising. A treadmill stress test or Holter monitor could determine exercise tolerance. A cardiologist who is familiar with all your findings is best qualified to advise you ...Read more

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Echo report shows minor dilated right atrium so waiting to see cardiologist again in 3 weeks. So scared of dying will this kill me?

Echo report shows minor dilated right atrium so waiting to see cardiologist again in 3 weeks. So scared of dying will this kill me?

Relax: In mild cases, no treatment may be necessary, but when severe, hospitalization may be necessary. Medications that may be used include antibiotics, diuretics, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, digoxin, anticoagulants, nitrates, calcium channel blockers and angiotensin receptor blockers. Some patients may require surgery, such as mitral valve replacement or repair. ...Read more

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Do both tricuspid valve stenosis and regurgitation result in hypertrophy in the right atrium?

Possibly: Tricuspid stenosis is more likely to cause hypertrophy (thickening) of the right ventricle, whereas tricuspid regurgitation is more likely to cause dilatation, where the chamber increases in volume without much thickening. ...Read more

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Abnormal shunt left to right atrium suggestive small atrial septal defect can this make the shunt also go right to left if so is it dangerous?

Abnormal shunt left to right atrium suggestive small atrial septal defect can this make the shunt also go right to left if so is it dangerous?

If RA>LA pressure: Shunt flow will direct from the higher pressure chamber to the lower pressure one. This usually results in left to right shunting across an asd. Over time, as flow into RA is increased, a corresponding increase in pulmonary blood flow will lead to pulmonary hypertension. The subsequent rise in right sided pressures will lead to reverse shunting (r to l) with cyanosis (eisenmenger). ...Read more

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Can both tricuspid valve stenosis and tricuspid regurgitation result in hypertrophy in the right atrium?

Sort of: The right atrium tends to enlarge somewhat with both conditions; it is more so with tricuspid stenosis. Technically though it is an enlargement, not a hypertrophy (which means muscular thickening). Ra enlargement with tr would imply either severe tr or very elevated pulmonary resistance pressures. ...Read more

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I have a small atrial septal defect and aneurysm. The dimension of my left atrium is 4.0 CM and right atrium is 2.8cm. Are these ok?

I have a small atrial septal defect and aneurysm. The dimension of my left atrium is 4.0 CM and right atrium is 2.8cm. Are these ok?

Cardiologist: The interpretation of your ultrasound of the heart requires a cardiologist to review the scan. Small atrial septal defects sometimes do not have to be fixed, but without more information, cannot say whether the aneurysm is significant. The dimensions are at the upper limit of normal - but interpretation depends on your body size. ...Read more

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I have a blood clot in my right atrium attached to the catheter on my chemo port. Have had multiple TEEs. Is MRI a better way to tell what it really is?

I have a blood clot in my right atrium attached to the catheter on my chemo port. Have had multiple TEEs. Is MRI a better way to tell what it really is?

No. Ultrasound.: In all likelihood, the MRI won't reveal any more information than what ultrasound has already determined (TEE is a type of echocardiogram or ultrasound of the chest). TEE checks for migration (movement) of the clot & it's size. An MRI is an expensive way to do that; TEE is "as-good". If you're being treated w/ blood thinners, stay the course for 6 mo as clots can take long time to shrink. Patience ...Read more

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Just discovered my husband has a tear in the pericardium and that his right atrium poked thru the sac. This was discovered during an open lung biopsy?

Just discovered my husband has a tear in the pericardium and that his right atrium poked thru the sac. This was discovered during an open lung biopsy?

Uncommon: Hi Anne195,
Sorry to hear the alarming news. I hope you are coping ok. Pericardial tears are somewhat unusual to find incidentally because the pericardium is a very very strong tissue. Typically we see them as a result of blunt trauma to the chest or abdomen and they are commonly associated with herniation as you described. This requires management by a specialist. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can you please translate my CT results indicating "mildly dilated right atrium with prominent eustachian valve"?

Can you please translate my CT results indicating "mildly dilated right atrium with prominent eustachian valve"?

Benign: Eustachian valve is left over from development and plays no role whatsoever in your heart as an adult. That fact that its prominent does not have any clinical significance. A large RA can becaused by many things and alone as a finding doent mean much. If you are itherwise healthy and have no other health issues tour probbaly ok. ...Read more

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Does a right atrium dilated, RV pressure of 25-30 mHg, IVC dynamics 5-10 mmHg subjective possibly of pulmonary hypertension or heart failure?

Does a right atrium dilated, RV pressure of 25-30 mHg, IVC dynamics 5-10 mmHg subjective possibly of pulmonary hypertension or heart failure?

If accurate, only: Mildly ↑ed. RA ~5 mmHg, RV systolic ~25 mmg Hg generally ~optimally healthy; similar to the values stated. Thus RA enlargement likely: mismeasurement (common, not rare; study image data yourself), marked tricuspid regurgitation, congenital variant, atrial muscle problem [eg advanced arterial disease in RA arteries; (lumens too small to see by angiography) producing RA ischemia/fibrosis], etc. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of left atrial enlargement?

What are the symptoms of left atrial enlargement?

Left atrial enlargem: Left atrial enlargement itself has no symptoms. If there is pathology like mitral insufficiency or mitral stenosis associated with left atrial enlargement, the symptoms are produced by the physiology of the pathologic lesion. ...Read more

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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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ECHO: 'Markedly enlarged L-Atrium & R-Atrium'; 'moderately-severe enlarged R-Ventricle'...where does "markedly" fall on the 'scale' (mild/moderate/sev?

ECHO: 'Markedly enlarged L-Atrium & R-Atrium'; 'moderately-severe enlarged R-Ventricle'...where does "markedly" fall on the 'scale' (mild/moderate/sev?

Markedly: "Markedly" is not on that scale. It would probably be closer to severe, but you can tell by looking at the actual numbers on the report. Your doctor should go over the medical ramifications of your cardiomegaly. Good luck. ...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