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Mildly Enlarged Left Atrium
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, also AFib. ...Read more
Mildly enlarged left atrium Mild aortic insufficiency Mild mitral regurgitation pulmonary hypertension tricuspid regurgitation how serious is it?
Echo: Sounds mild to me. Discuss with your team. ...Read more
Left atrial enlargem: Left atrium is the chamber the blood enters after flowing through the lungs. If its enlarged, there may be problems related to the pressure or volume of blood flow through the chamber. Many things can cause this, best to discuss with your doctor for your specifics. ...Read more
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
Stress test: Mild e/a reversal refers to the relaxation of the lower and upper chambers of heart. At your age (63) likely normal. The atrium is the upper chamber of the left side of the heart. ...Read more
My doctor said my left atrium was slightly enlarged and a little leaky valve, but wasn't concerned, should I be?
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
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.
I was diagnosed with mitral regurgitation and enlarged left atrium, now lately I've been getting a lot of chests pain sometimes every day. 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
Had echo after stvs (which I've had intermittently for years) that turned into afib. Doc said my left atrium is "slightly" enlarged. I'm 59, female. He said it's not unusual at my age. Agree or recs?
Most common cause : Of atrial fibrillation in usa is hypertensive cardiovascular disease. Enlarged left atrium cause the abnormal atrial arrhythmia. Heart rate control and prevention of thromboembolic event a must. Sinus rhythm convertion always a possibility to avoid complications. Electrical, drug and ablation therapy are 3 possible treatments. Consult your cardiology for the best regimen for you. ...Read more
Severe LAE, left atrium is severely dilated, mitral valve leaflets appear mildly thickened. Mitral regurgitation (1-2+), what does this mean?
Question? Consult!: These little boxes are not good for answering specific patient case problems. Consider a cardiology consultation here on HealthTap. The kind of consult where you ask for help within the next 24 hours works particularly well for a complex case because it enables emailing back and forth with the details. ...Read more
If you have an echo suggesting that the left atrium appears small. Is it possible that the heart was originally small within normal limits and that the right atrium may have 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
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
Echo showed sm. pericardial effusion, ekg left atrium enlargement with first degree block, chest xray enlarge heart. What does this all mean.?
Mild CHF.: Mild cardiopathy. See cardiologist for evaluation and treatment ...Read more
Plz xplainEcho says EF 60% Mild mitral valve prolapse. Left Atrium mildly dilated.mild mitral regurg.cannot rule out bicuspid aortic valve considerTEE?
Had a cath?: The echo says there might be a structural abnormality of the aortic valve and a leak of the mitral valve with resultant dilation of left atrium. If you had the cardiac cath you list any time recently, more information should be available from that. A TEE is a transesophageal echo which gives us better pictures than a transthoracic echo. You should discuss this echo with your Doc ...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
72.5 in, 158 lb, 33 yo male. ECHO done 2 years ago, normal, 3.2 cm left atrium, just had another one, was normal, 4.00 cm left atrium. Why different?
In the cardiac cycle the "thickness" is measured BOTH are NORMAL (within this variation) Hope this helps!
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Reason?: Depends on the reason? Do you have hypertension, mitral stenosis, mitral regurgitation, left ventricular hypertrophy, atrial fibrillation? These are all treatable. In all cases, you're at increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure. That doesn't mean you'll ever get those-your risk is simply increased. ...Read more
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
This is called: An anomalous pulmonary venous return and can result in increased pulmonary pressures... Talk to a cardiologist. ...Read more
Can the dimensions of the right venticular which is 2.8cm anx left atrium which is 4.0 be lowered or will they always be this size. I'm 5-5 weigh 157?
Dimensions: You need to talk to the doc that knows all your data. ...Read more
PFO: Everyone has this opening before birth. It typically closes soon after birth. In some individuals it stays open when its called pfo. ...Read more
Echocardiogram shows indexed left atrium volume is 10.6 cc/m2. Normal is apparently 16-28. What is the significance of this?
Normal but re-check.:
Congratulate yourself .... you have a normal left atrial volume. At 56 yrs of age ... presumably I would not expect to detect mitral valve disease, hypertension, or changes in your left ventricle.
On the other hand .... the value is so small ... I would go back to the Echo personnel .... and verify the volume. Some rare conditions ... e.g. Addison's disease are associated with small volumes. ...Read more
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