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What does it mean if you have a slight shadow on the left

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What does it mean if you have a slight shadow on the left side of your heart ?

Hello and thanks for trusting me to help you. I am a board certified consultant with over 30 years of experience.
Please provide more information regarding your question so I can help you in detail.

Do you have any history of high blood pressure or diabetes?

What are your symptoms?Are you taking any medications?

Any relevant medical history?Any investigations done?Blood test/X-Ray etc

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
No to all the above ,however,I had a routine check x ray which came back with a shadow on the left side of my heart. My father had a heart attack at the age of 67 .

Do you have the X-Ray report?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
No I don't at the moment

I assume you are reffering to prominent hilar shadow on the chest x-ray.

Hilar prominence could be normal.

In some cases the isolated x-ray abnormality is not significant for any disease.

To evaluate it further, a CT-scan may be considered by your doctor.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
What is hilar prominence?

Hilum is basically present on the right and left side of the mid-line. They are the indicators where our bronchi (smaller airways) arise from the trachea (main central airway).

There are various causes for hilar prominence

* The pulmonary artery - for example, pulmonary artery hypertension, secondary to mitral valve disease; chronic pulmonary emboli; or primary pulmonary hypertension. This is usually on one side.
* Enlarged lymph nodes - caused by infection, tuberculosis. They are present on both of the sides.

As you don't have any symptoms so mostly the prominent hilum is seen due to an enlarged lymph node. The cause of this is usually some infection.

CT scan chest should be advised for further diagnosis.

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