Left atrial function to identify patients with atrial fibrillation at high risk of stroke: new insights from a large registry

AbstractAimsAtrial fibrillation (AF) is an independent risk factor for ischaemic stroke. The CHA2DS2-VASc is the most widely used risk stratification model; however, echocardiographic refinement may be useful, particularly in low risk AF patients. The present study examined the association between advanced echocardiographic parameters and ischaemic stroke, independent of CHA2DS2-VASc score.Methods and resultsOne thousand, three hundred and sixty-one patients (mean age 65 ±12 years, 74% males) with first diagnosis of AF and baseline transthoracic echocardiogram were followed by chart review for the occurrence of stroke over a mean of 7.9 years. Left atrial (LA) volumes, LA reservoir strain, P-wave to A′ duration on tissue Doppler imaging (PA-TDI, reflecting to tal atrial conduction time), and left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain (GLS) were evaluated in patients with and without stroke. The independent association of these echocardiographic parameters with the occurrence of ischaemic stroke was evaluated with Cox proportional hazard models. One -hundred patients (7%) developed an ischaemic stroke, representing an annualized stroke rate of 0.9%. The incident stroke rate in the year following the first diagnosis of AF was 2.6% in the entire population and higher than the remainder of the follow-up period. Left atrial reservoir (14.5% vs. 18. 9%,P = 0.005) and conduit strains were reduced (10.5% vs. 13.5%,P = 0.013...
Source: European Heart Journal - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research

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