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What does it mean if an echo shows you have a mildly dilated right ventricle & mild pulmonary hypertension?

What does it mean if an echo shows you have a mildly dilated right ventricle & mild pulmonary hypertension?

Pulmonary HTN: Normally the right side of the heart is a low pressure system(only needs to pump blood to the lungs for oxygenation). For many different reasons, sometimes this low pressure system increases in pressure. This can create shortness of breath and low oxygen levels. If someone is asymptomatic with pulmonary hypertension, they should be followed especially if there is no known cause. ...Read more

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I have recently had a right PE which has cleared. now I have a mildly dilated right ventricle with trace tricuspid regurge. should I be concerned?

I have recently had a right PE which has cleared. now I have a mildly dilated right ventricle with trace tricuspid regurge. should I be concerned?

Expected.: The dilated right ventricle is expected. The trace tricuspid regurgitation is not something to worry about. As the blood clot clears the right ventricular strain should improve. You need to follow doctors advice regarding blood thinners. If your health is good in general then you probably have little to worry over. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a mildly dilated right ventricle and mild pulmonary hypertension. Can I get pregnant?

I have a mildly dilated right ventricle and mild pulmonary hypertension. Can I get pregnant?

Yes, higher risks.: Yes but under the supervision of a cardiologist since pregnancy will increase cardiac output, heart rate and volume and can exacerbate those conditions you already have. It would be considered a moderate to high risk pregnancy. Those conditions of right sided overload could be improved by losing weight and treating sleep apnea. ...Read more

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What is the cause of a dilated right ventricle with mild apical hypokinesis?

What is the cause of a dilated right ventricle with mild apical hypokinesis?

Your cardiologist ca: Since this is a heart related matter, your family doctor should guide you and arrange a consultation with a cardiologist. Right heart can be dilated for any reasons that cause pulmonary hypertension such as chronic or acute lung disease. I would want to be sure there is no pulmonary emboli(blood clots in your lungs). ...Read more

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Can a slighly dilated right ventricle and mild pulmonary hypertension be ok for a 38 yo female with a history of asthma?

Can a slighly dilated right ventricle and mild pulmonary hypertension be ok for a 38 yo female with a history of asthma?

Pulmonary hypertensi: The diagnosis needs to be worked up to know the cause. It might be the asthma but need to be sure there isn't another cause. ...Read more

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Does a dilated right ventricle ever require open heart surgery? If not, can a person live normally & actively with one? Cause of dilation is unknown.

Not usually: There are many possible causes of rv dilatation, including lung disease, pulm hypertension, sleep apnea and tricuspid regurgitation (leaky valve). Depending on the cause most people will live normally. The rv can be hard to judge on echocardiogram, and sometimes an rv might seem dilated due to technical artifact but actually be normal. Please continue close f/u with your md. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a "slightly" enlarged right ventricle ?

RVE: Right ventricular enlargement or rve typically occurs when the right side of the heart is stressed by the need to generate either increased blood flow or pressure. ...Read more

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My cousin was just born with what the dr said is a double outlet right ventricle dovr. What does this mean?

DORV: This is a very rare congenital heart defect when both great arteries exit the right ventricle, sending oxygen- poor blood to the body. The presence of a VSD ( defect in the septal wall that allows some mixing of oxygenated blood) is beneficial to the DORV child, but surgical correction (open heart surgery) is necessary. ...Read more

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