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Left atrial reservoir function as a potent marker for first atrial fibrillation or flutter in persons > or = 65 years of age

Abhayaratna, Walter; Fatema, Kaniz; Barnes, Marion E; Seward, James B; Gersh, Bernard J; Bailey, Kent R; Casaclang-Verzosa, Grace; Tsang, Teresa S M


The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate the incremental value of left atrial (LA) function for the prediction of risk for first atrial fibrillation (AF) or atrial flutter. Maximum and minimum LA volumes were quantitated by echocardiography in 574 adults (mean age 74 ± 6 years, 52% men) without a history or evidence of atrial arrhythmia. During a mean follow-up period of 1.9 ± 1.2 years, 30 subjects (5.2%) developed electrocardiographically confirmed AF or atrial flutter. Subjects with...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: American Journal of Geriatric Cardiology
DOI: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2008.01.051


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