Hi, On a chest x-ray (pa and lateral) radiology report that I had says the following "The overall cardac silhouette is within normal limits,though there is mild prominence of the left ventricle.Pulmonary vascularity is normal.The thoracic aorta is unremarkable. Lungs clear. Code I".When I asked my cardiologist what mild prominence of the left ventricle means, he said "that's for doctors".When I asked my family doctor what mild prominence of left ventricle means, he said that it is nothing to worry about.
What does mild prominence of left ventricle means? Does it mean some kind of lesion or infection on left ventricle?Thank you.Jerry
Mild prominence of the left ventricle means that the x-ray suggests that there is a minor degree of enlargement of the heart's main pumping chamber. A chest x-ray is not a great test to make this determination. An echocardiogram is much more useful for this purpose. If you do in fact have heart enlargement, there are several causes, including hypertension, cardiomyopathy, and valvular heart disease.
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