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Hi. I had an EKG and am petrified after reading results, it says; Left atrial enlargement. My dr never mentioned anything about that. She scheduled me my annual echo and stress test yet never mentioned Left atrial enlargement. I contacted her office and asked for an explanation of course no call back. Can someone help me please. I'm scared it could be heart failure after googling.

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    My MRI scan that I am not supposed to have seen, but a friend worded at the hospital, it states Left Atrium 26cm2 normal value up to 24cm2, Right Atrium 28cms normal value up to 22cm2.

    If I hadn't seen the results, I would be unaware of them, even when I had an ablation for ventricular tachycardia the cardiologist said I had a good heart so he considered the procedure would go well.

    At this stage I would suggest you do try and get an answer, but don't be petrified about it.

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      Hi Peter thank you your reply. The dr's office called back they said my worry is "non specific" and do not be worried about it that my echo came back perfectly fine. How did your ablation go? My dr has suggested I have that as well for tachycardia. I have been on beta blockers for yrs due to fast heart rate. Did it cure your symptoms?

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      Thats good news Kay, though I didn't realise you had other heart problems as well. As for my ablation, it has indeed stopped my heart from going into ventricular tachycardia, but overall my health is so much worst. Now if you look at my other posts here, you will find I put the blame more on my intolerance to beta blockers, but it could be that the ablation has affected me, or it could just be that the underlying heart problem I have is still there and getting worst. As for an ablation to cure tachycardia, the funny thing is that my heartbeat used to e quite slow as an ex racing cyclist, since my ablation it hovers around the 95 mark at rest, sometimes going to 147 at rest, walking to the doctors the other day saw it go to 187 so the ablation seems to have given me sinus tachycardia even if it has prevented Ventricular tachycardia.

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    Kay, I have had left atrial enlargement for a number of years, and I also have heart failure, but my left atrial enlargement is associated with my congenital heart defect.

    If your doctor never mentioned it to you, it's probably because it's not significant. I know quite a few people with LAE, and it's not as serious as it may sound, unless of course you have other contributing factors.  Why do you get an annual echo?

    That's not usually part of an annual physical, unless, you already have heart disease, possibly left heart disease, mitral valve dysfunction.,,etc

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