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Left atrial size: physiologic determinants and clinical applications

Abhayaratna, Walter; Seward, James B; Appleton, Christopher T; Douglas, Pamela; Oh, Jae K.; Tajik, A. Jamil; Tsang, Teresa S M


Left atrial (LA) enlargement has been proposed as a barometer of diastolic burden and a predictor of common cardiovascular outcomes such as atrial fibrillation, stroke, congestive heart failure, and cardiovascular death. It has been shown that advancing age alone does not independently contribute to LA enlargement, and the impact of gender on LA volume can largely be accounted for by the differences in body surface area between men and women. Therefore, enlargement of the left atrium reflects...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
DOI: 10.1016/j.jacc.2006.02.048


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