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shirleymahoney Born In Tulsa Oklahoma and have a wonderful husband and 2 great children Find out more about shirleymahoney
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  • Left Atrium

    I was just wondering what the normal size of a left Atrium, something that just popped in my brain and i can't find it anywhere, i know in May of 03 it was 3.5 and now it is 4.0 i am just currious actually it is driving me crazy

    Shirley
    Diagnosed 2003
    Myectomy 2-23-2004
    Husband: Ken
    Son: John diagnosed 2004
    Daughter: Janet (free of HCM)

    Grandchildren: Drew 15,Aaron 13,Karen 9,Connor 9

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    Re: Left Atrium

    This link has a lot of good information.

    http://www.4hcm.org/phpBB2/viewtopic...ght=echo+lingo

    Reenie
    Reenie

    ****************
    Husband has HCM.
    3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.

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    • #3
      Re: Left Atrium

      Thanks Rennie

      I just wanted to know what normal was being mine was 3.5 last year and now it is 4.0 Again thanks alot

      Shirley
      Diagnosed 2003
      Myectomy 2-23-2004
      Husband: Ken
      Son: John diagnosed 2004
      Daughter: Janet (free of HCM)

      Grandchildren: Drew 15,Aaron 13,Karen 9,Connor 9

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      • #4
        Re: Left Atrium

        Normal measurements:
        LA
        Left Atrial dimension (mm.)
        Normal range: 19-40 mm.

        Most people with HCM have a dilated left - yours appears to be "high end normal"

        For what this means for YOU - it is best you speak to your doctors.

        Lisa
        Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
        YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

        Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
        lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
        Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
        Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
        Currently not obstructed
        Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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        • #5
          Re: Left Atrium

          My Left Atrium is 43mm, septum 16mm, ect...

          Last year is was about 35mm.. However, my heart is still changing.
          I cannot fear death, because when dead, death does not exist. Love is the reason for being, it can never be taken away nor lost, so hold on I will, and in death I will not part, but rejoice for the time Iíve had with you.

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          • #6
            Re: Left Atrium

            Hi

            I don't know what this means, but on my echo report it says:

            -- Left atrial enlargement 4.5 cm

            (That's cm -- not mm, I do not know how to convert it.)

            Thanks for any info.

            Hugs -- Eileen
            49 yrs. old
            Diagnosed at 31.
            Cardiac Arrest 2003, RF Ablation in AZ, no positive result -
            First ICD 2003 - In 2006 lead went bad, abandoned lead, threaded new one & new generator
            Myectomy 5-5-05 at The Cleveland Clinic - Dr. Lever & Dr. Smedira -heart surgeon.
            Currently have Grade 2 Diastolic Dysfunction with pulmonary hypertension & pulmonary edema.
            My brother passed away suddenly at 34 yrs old from HCM.
            2 teenage children, ages 17 and 15.

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            • #7
              Re: Left Atrium

              1 Centimeter (cm) equals 10 Millimeters (mm) - Think of it as, there are 100 cents in a dollar, and 1,000 mills in a dollar. (There even used to be a half cent / five mill piece for use to pay taxes. Now THOSE were the days.)

              An easy way to figure out just what that means is to realize that there are 2.54 centimeters in an inch.

              Nigelís left atrium has a 4.3 cm enlargement, while Eileenís left atrium has a 4.5 cm enlargement.

              Or

              Nigelís enlargement is about 1 2/3 inches and Eileenís is about 1 ĺ inches.

              Iíve always enjoyed numbers. As a kid I learned that there are 60 minims in a dram, 8 drams in an ounce, 16 ounces in a pint, 2 pints in a quart, four quarts in an American gallon, five quarts in an Imperial gallon. Iíve carried that around with me for something like sixty years, and do you know how often Iíve used it (except for the difference between US and Canadian gallons)? Iíve used 100 Kilometers equals 62 miles (about) much more often. I tell you I am a complete font of useless information.
              Burt

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              • #8
                Re: Left Atrium

                Oh Burt

                I wouldn't say useless, hey anytime i have a question i know you will be one person that would do your research and get back with me, and with age comes knolledge

                Shirley
                Diagnosed 2003
                Myectomy 2-23-2004
                Husband: Ken
                Son: John diagnosed 2004
                Daughter: Janet (free of HCM)

                Grandchildren: Drew 15,Aaron 13,Karen 9,Connor 9

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                • #9
                  Re: Left Atrium

                  Okay Burt, ( :P )

                  I don't want to see the words "useless and I" in the same sentence from you again -- it is so untrue.

                  You helped me to understand this. Math has never been my strong suit. I did go to school, but you would never know it by the way I add, read, write or spell.

                  My brother (the one who passed away from HCM) was a software engineer. He was brilliant with math, he knew trigonometry and calculus like the back of his hand. You remind me of him in that way.

                  Hugs -- Eileen
                  49 yrs. old
                  Diagnosed at 31.
                  Cardiac Arrest 2003, RF Ablation in AZ, no positive result -
                  First ICD 2003 - In 2006 lead went bad, abandoned lead, threaded new one & new generator
                  Myectomy 5-5-05 at The Cleveland Clinic - Dr. Lever & Dr. Smedira -heart surgeon.
                  Currently have Grade 2 Diastolic Dysfunction with pulmonary hypertension & pulmonary edema.
                  My brother passed away suddenly at 34 yrs old from HCM.
                  2 teenage children, ages 17 and 15.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Left Atrium

                    Dearheart,
                    I never said I was useless (I make an excellent doorstop), I said I had a font of useless information. (Do you have any idea how useless it is to know there are 60 minims in a dram?)

                    Did you know that there is a statue of Julius Singer on Boston Common memorializing him as the inventor of the sowing machine, which was actually invented by Elias Howe? Singer was his salesman, and he was a notorious womanizer. At one point he was romancing two sisters at the same time. They lived about two blocks apart, and each knew of the otherís involvement, but neither wanted to give up the relationship. Boy, he really must have been something. After all, they forgot about Howe and called it the Singer sewing machine to such an extent that it became the companyís name.

                    Yes indeedy, a font of useless information. Of course in seventy-two years of living one canít help but pick up some useful information laying around here and there also.
                    Burt

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                    • #11
                      Re: Left Atrium

                      Actually I did know about that statue Burt! I think I may have a picture of it somewhere when I was last up there. The one day I felt really well my friend and I trekked through Boston Common and I saw it we both chuckled and moved along the freedom trail. Where I saw the old State House and their first fire fighting apparatuses it was very interesting nothing like a good ole' bucket to get you through.

                      Oh, if only I had more days like that!

                      Mary S.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Left Atrium

                        Sometimes I worry about the size of my left atrium. The doctor here in Oklahoma told me it was nothing to worry about. I'm not sure if I've ever gone into AF.. But sometimes my heart beats crazy fast (over 200).

                        I'm really starting to think I need an ICD stat.. But I can't find an EP docotor in my area. I may end up getting on a place.. That would be scary.
                        I cannot fear death, because when dead, death does not exist. Love is the reason for being, it can never be taken away nor lost, so hold on I will, and in death I will not part, but rejoice for the time Iíve had with you.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Left Atrium

                          Okay Burt, that is more like it. I stand corrected.

                          I think your stories are very interesting. Could you imagine, "Howe Sewing Machine" --- hummm, it does not have the same ring as "Singer Sewing Machine"

                          You know alot of fun stuff as well as important information too.

                          I enjoyed reading that story about Singer and Howe, thanks.

                          Hugs -- Eileen
                          49 yrs. old
                          Diagnosed at 31.
                          Cardiac Arrest 2003, RF Ablation in AZ, no positive result -
                          First ICD 2003 - In 2006 lead went bad, abandoned lead, threaded new one & new generator
                          Myectomy 5-5-05 at The Cleveland Clinic - Dr. Lever & Dr. Smedira -heart surgeon.
                          Currently have Grade 2 Diastolic Dysfunction with pulmonary hypertension & pulmonary edema.
                          My brother passed away suddenly at 34 yrs old from HCM.
                          2 teenage children, ages 17 and 15.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Left Atrium

                            10 mm equals 1 cm.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Left Atrium

                              Nigel,

                              I had my icd installed in Tulsa at Hillcrest by Dr. Coman at Oklahoma Heart Institute. He did his fellowship at Cleveland Clinic and know Dr. Lever.
                              pm me if you have questions.
                              Art

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