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Intraatrial septal aneurysm - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Hypertension and Heart Disease
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User :   I recently had an echocardiogram, was just wondering what the term meant by interatrial septal aneurysm
Doctor :   hi
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sure will explain u
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heart has 4 chambers
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two atria and two ventricles
Doctor :   septum means a wall like partition which divides two atria

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aneurysm means enlargement
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there is a bulging of the atrial septum towards one atria
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are u there?
User :   Yes I was wondering if this is a normal situation or a problem?
Doctor :   did they mention anything about shunt?

User :   No I just had the cardiogram and didn't actually visit a cardiologist. What is shunt?
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shunt is an abnormal opening in the septum
User :   I been feeling ok lately but sometimes an occasional heart palpatation or murmur. I work full time, and went jogging like 2 weeks ago.
Doctor :   ok
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do u have any history of stroke?
User :   Is there any way to remedy the shunt
Doctor :   shunt should be closed by surgical procedures
User :   No at least not that Im aware of, but I weigh around 215, and my weight should be around 190.
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but if there is no shunt or abnormal opening ..and just XXXXXXXX
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If you have an atrial septal aneurysm with no shunt or flow across the aneurysm, there isn't much that needs done.
Doctor :   ok
User :   Yeah Ive was woorried about alot of the termonolgy, are there symptoms of a shunt?
Doctor :   it depends upon the direction of flow of blood in the shunt

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what are the symptoms u are having?
User :   I sometimes feel a heavy heartbeat or palpatation or murmur sometimes. Ive been able to work, my blood pressure has yesterday was 120/84
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ur blood pressure is fine
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and coming to palpitations even overweight,stress can cause palpitations
Doctor :   coming to murmur..did doctor mention anything abt it?
User :   Yeah just to see a cardilologist my regular doctor said some people have septal aneurysem and some don't I hope I don't need surgery
Doctor :   murmur is abnormal sound which cannot be heard with out a steth easily.

Doctor :   XXXXXXXX itself is not an indication for surgery
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However, there are studies demonstrating that even for people with XXXXXXXXs and no (holes allowing for shunts), the stroke risk was is slightly higher
Doctor :   but nothing to worry...
User :   I think my doctor said she may have heard a faint murmur. Is there vitamins or foods good for the heart? Are XXXXXXXXs common?
User :   My age is 41.
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Doctor :   avoid oil foods ..and foods rich in cholesterol,red meat
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take more fruits and vegetables
User :   Ok and excersise shouldnt be a problem,?
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yes u should do exerscise regularly
User :   Ok will do. I will keep after it and Im more relieved to know a shunt or XXXXXXXX is normal in some people. Happy Thanksgiving.
Doctor :   welcome
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