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Clinical and transesophageal echocardiographic variables for prediction of thromboembolic events in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation at low-intermediate risk.
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PMID:  23063013     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: There is no clear consensus about antithrombotic treatment in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients at low-intermediate thromboembolic risk. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is useful for prediction of thromboembolic events in AF. METHODS AND RESULTS: Of 498 patients with nonvalvular AF, incidence of stroke, cardiac events, and mortality was investigated in 280 patients with CHADS(2) score 0 or 1 (mean age 64 years, mean follow-up 6.4±3.1 years). Left atrial abnormality (low left atrial appendage flow, spontaneous echo contrast, or thrombi), complex aortic plaque (mobile, ulcerated, pedunculate, or thickness≥4mm), or both were defined as TEE risk. The incidences of ischemic stroke, cardiovascular events, and death were higher in patients with TEE risk than in those without the risk (2.0%/year vs. 0.5%/year, p<0.05; 4.7%/year vs. 1.9%/year, p<0.01; and 4.7%/year vs. 2.0%/year, p<0.01, respectively). This was also true for patients with CHADS(2) score of 0 (1.7%/year vs. 0.3%/year, p<0.05; 4.1%/year vs. 1.6%/year, p<0.05; and 3.9%/year vs. 1.4%/year, p<0.01; respectively). On multivariate analysis, TEE risk predicted ischemic stroke, cardiovascular events, and mortality independently of clinical variables or CHADS(2) score. CONCLUSIONS: TEE could be useful for further stratification of patients with nonvalvular AF stratified at low-intermediate risk (CHADS(2) score 0 or 1) and could indicate who should receive anticoagulation treatment.
Etsuko Sasahara; Keiko Nakagawa; Tadakazu Hirai; Shutaro Takashima; Kazumasa Ohara; Nobuyuki Fukuda; Takashi Nozawa; Kortaro Tanaka; Hiroshi Inoue
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cardiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1876-4738     ISO Abbreviation:  J Cardiol     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8804703     Medline TA:  J Cardiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Japanese College of Cardiology. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Neurology, Toyama University Hospital, Toyama, Japan.
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