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Diagnosed with left ventricular hypertrophy consistent with hypertension and dilated left atrium. Explain?

I have left ventricular hypertrophy consistent with hypertension . Dilated left atrium will predispose to atrial fibrillation; Left ventricular systolic function is normal diastolic function may be abnormal based on the presence of left ventricular hypertrophy and dilated left atrium, a diagnosis not necessarily supported by the pattern of mitral valve inflow. Please would you explain in simple English the diagnosis and what should I be doing? Thanks Joan
Asked On : Tue, 5 Mar 2013
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Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

The ventricle is working against increased pressure. So it becomes thicker to cope up.
The atrium in turn has to work more - to force into the thick ventricle - so it dilates.

The cause should be addressed / if controlled well, the changes may regress.
Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors / Angiotensin Receptor Blockers help in re-modelling.

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Wed, 6 Mar 2013
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