As a follow up to my 1st post - I found "Having a dilated left atrium is a reflection of one of two things, either a dilated left ventricle or a disease of the mitral valve . . . usually means that there is a burden on the left ventricle in the form of more blood coming to it and that the left ventricle has to provide more space for this blood so it dilates to accomodate it." So I want to note that my ecg = left ventrical is normal in size and there is nothing noted on the mitral valve in the report. Also found "The left atrium being dilated carries several risks including: Blood stagnation inside the atrium, blood clot formation inside the atrium . . . Heart rhythm becoming irregular." However, no blood clot was found in my ER CT Scan and heart rhythm was normal via stehto & EKG. Also found "Pressure in left atrium can also go up when the left ventricle fails, due to back pressure. Left atrium can dilate in persons with ventricular septal defect and patent ductus arteriosus." Would these be shown on an EKG, Chest X-Ray, Chest Ct-Scan and/or ECG? Also found "Pulmonary artery occlusion pressure (PAOP) and pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) cannot be measured directly with echocardiography. Therefore diagnosis of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) requires right-sided cardiac catheterization" and that there is a fibrosis process w/PAH. Could there be any connection with PAH and elevated D-Dimer? THANKS SO MUCH! I asked my pri-care MD to refer me to a pulmonary and that appointment isn't for weeks, so answers to my posts will help lead me in the right direction - maybe I should see a cardio?
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