View Full Version : Update-Enlarged Heart?
07-11-2011, 04:31 AM
Today I had some x-ray and blood tests results back. My GP says the ANA is only slightly up still, and RA tests show slightly positive, she will wait and see what the Rheumy says and has asked me to chase up all my tests etc from the past 15yrs and have copies sent to her. To be honest she seemed more concerned with x-rays showing an enlarged heart. Is this something that Lupus could have caused? She asked me to make another appt next week to discuss a referral to a cardiologist. Is there something I should be doing to reduce the enlargement?
07-11-2011, 05:14 AM
i have tried to write something for this several times.
i have crossed it out each time.
i am thinking of you, and hope you are able to sort out the proper prioritiesfor yourself.
07-11-2011, 05:21 AM
Hi Sonmak, Im sorry about your heart enlargement. I know nothing about this but just wanted to wish you the best in your search for good medical treatment. Bless you, Tammy
07-11-2011, 06:40 AM
Sonmak, this is off the the of my head because I don't have time to research this morning, so take it with a grain of salt: Two primary things can cause an enlarged heart. The heart muscle itself can be thicker than normal - usually because it is having to work harder for some reason, like there is a problem with one of the valves and it has to push against increased pressure. The other reason is that the heart isn't emptying completely and the ventricles stretch over time. Lupus can affect the heart, but an enlarged heart is present in lots of people without lupus. A cardiology appointment is the next logical step and it's great that your doc is taking this seriously and being proactive. A cardiologist will probably order an echocardiogram (painless) and do an EKG at the miniumum. It may be mild enlargement and they'll just make sure that your BP is under control, have you watch your salt and keep an eye on things. If it was signficant enlargement, then I bet your doc would have just gone ahead and made you that appointment.
In the meantime, be aware of things like whether you get short of breath during your normal activities. Write down what those activities are so you don't forget. Do you have chest pain? If so, when, what triggers it and does it go away when you rest? Do your ankles swell? Those are the things that will help the doc figure out if this is something worrisome or not. And, to borrow Mari's phrase, don't borrow trouble. Try not to imagine the worst because it is entirely possible that it will be something to keep an eye on and nothing more.
I am so very sorry that you are going through this. There are several ways that Lupus can affect the heart and I have posted a link below. I have read that sometimes an inflamed heart can appear as enlarged so try not to worry but I suggest getting to a cardiologist. Remember that we will be here for you
07-11-2011, 08:32 AM
Hey guys :) I reckon I'm not gonna worry unless I'm told I should. I don't think I have the brain space for it atm, (maybe watch diet and cut down a little on the drinkiepoos though ; ) Thanks for your support, info and link guys :D I will let youse know when I do. Thanks for being my 'somebody to tell'. *Huggles
07-11-2011, 03:00 PM
Sorry to hear about your results of an enlarged heart but i do recommend you asking the doctor or specialist to check if you have fluid on the lungs as this can come with an enlarged heart also.
I wish you all the very best Terry xxx