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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, also AFib. ...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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What caused the left atrium to become mildly dialated?

What caused the left atrium to become mildly dialated?

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

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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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From stress test: what is mild e/a reversal noted with valsalva and left atrium mildly enlarges?

From stress test: what is mild e/a reversal noted with valsalva and left atrium mildly enlarges?

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

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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 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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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

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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

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

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Can mildly dilated left atrium and mild pulmonary hypertension 42mmHg appear on ECG?

Can mildly dilated left atrium and mild pulmonary hypertension 42mmHg appear on ECG?

There are EKG: Findings that are consistent with left atrial enlargement and some changes can suggest pulmonary hypertension as well however the exact pressure cannot be determined. Did you mean ECHO rather than EKG? ...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?

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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Plz xplainEcho says EF 60% Mild mitral valve prolapse. Left Atrium mildly dilated.mild mitral regurg.cannot rule out bicuspid aortic valve considerTEE?

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

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What is the difference between left atrium volume and left atrium volume index?

Volume/ BSA = index: LA volume / BSA = index. It is a way to compare volumes taking into account variability of patient size ...Read more

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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

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Why would the po2 in the aleolar capillaries be higher than po2 in the left atrium?

Why would the po2 in the aleolar capillaries be higher than po2 in the left atrium?

Oxygen: The po2 in the alveolar capillaries represents the just diffused oxygen from the alveoli, by the time the blood gets to the la there is some mixing of the blood with some blood that may have gone by poorly aerated alveoli and not got as much oxygen into it. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what can happen to a person with a dilated left atrium?

Can anyone tell me what can happen to a person with a dilated left atrium?

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

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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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Is the bicuspid valve opened or closed when the left atrium contracts?

Is the bicuspid valve opened or closed when the left atrium contracts?

Open: The bicuspid or mitral valve would be open when the left atrium contracts. It opens during diastole (heart is relaxed) and blood is flowing from the atrium to the ventricle. The contraction of the left atrium results in the valve opening wider and an increase in that flow. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens when the lungs receive blood from the left atrium?

Could you tell me what happens when the lungs receive blood from the left atrium?

This is called: An anomalous pulmonary venous return and can result in increased pulmonary pressures... Talk to a cardiologist. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me about openings in right and left atrium of heart?

Can anyone tell me about openings in right and left atrium of heart?

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

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Echocardiogram shows indexed left atrium volume is 10.6 cc/m2. Normal is apparently 16-28. What is the significance of this?

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