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Can someone explain the significance of a “boot-shaped heart” in an 80 yr old?
This was noted on my mother’s recent chest X-ray, with no explanation.
I’ve consulted Dr Google, but the only info I can find is when this phenonomen is caused by congenital heart disease ‘Tetralogy of Fallot’ etc, which I’m pretty sure she would know if she had, as it’s generally detected in childhood.
Is she seeing her GP/ hospital following the X-ray. My mother got to 72 with a BAV before it was discovered, so it is possible to get to adulthood without a CHD being picked up, but I am surprised you would with TOF. Like you I googled and couldn't find any other condition that caused a boot shape heart. My daughter and I also both have a heart defect, both hers and mine were picked up at the age of 10.
Normally we would refer to a boot shaped heart on a chest x-ray as being a sign of left ventricular failure (LVF). It doesn't always mean that but it is a radiographic sign. Combined with an ECG is the normal way of diagnosing. HTH