Posted By Deb on May 12, 1999 at 12:24:11
My husband, 45, 6', 160 lbs, non drinker, nonsmoker, and not 1 to sit still, has been experiencing chest pressure lately. Since moving to a higher altitude a year ago,he still finds himself yawning(not getting enough oxygen?)constantly or is out of breath after climbing stairs. He started a battery of tests yesterday. Blood pressure is normal, stress test was fine...His oxygen level was 95.Chest x-rays showed the left atrium is not operating "in sink" with the other and looks to be enlarged. He goes back today to be wired up and then he will be monitored for 24 hours. After reading other posts, I am wondering if this is something he may have had since birth...He was never expected to live past his first half hour-he was full term, but had collapsed lungs, jaundice, etc. Unfortunately the hospital no longer exists and his records long gone.(He had 2 other brothers go through the lung problem at birth, 1 died) He does remember the strong medication he had been on rotted all his baby teeth and that he never had a cold, etc until he was 6 years old... He remembers hearing he had been on high amounts of iron. What meds might cause heart problems or symptoms like his all these years later? (If this even sounds like it may be the cause...) Any ideas or suggestions?? Thanks.
Posted By CCF CARDIO MD - CRC on May 12, 1999 at 13:23:08
The suggestion of enlarged atrium on chest xray is rather vague. Potential causes (if it is indeed enlarged) are related mostly to valvular problems (mitral stenosis or regurgitation) or some congenital possibilities (hole in heart). Has his doctor noticed a heart murmur? Has he had an echocardiogram?
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