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Effect of elevated left ventricular diastolic filling pressure on the frequency of left atrial appendage thrombus in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation.
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PMID:  21257008     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
We investigated the relation between left ventricular diastolic dysfunction and left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombus in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). We performed transesophageal echocardiography to examine LAA thrombus or spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) and to measure LAA emptying flow velocity in consecutive 376 patients with AF. We estimated diastolic filling pressure as the ratio of early transmitral flow velocity (E) to mitral annular velocity (e') on transthoracic echocardiogram. E/e' ratio in 28 patients (7.4%) with LAA thrombi was higher than that in patients without thrombus (18.3 ± 9.3 vs 11.4 ± 5.9, p <0.0001). The fourth quartile of E/e' (>13.6) consisted of 19 patients with thrombi and had a higher prevalence of thrombi than the others (p <0.0001). Multivariate regression analysis selected E/e' ≥13 as an independent predictor of LAA thrombus with an odds ratio of 3.50 (1.22 to 10.61) in addition to LA dimension and ejection fraction. Increased quartile of E/e' was negatively associated with LAA flow velocity and positively with rate of SEC. In conclusion, increased diastolic filling pressure is associated with a higher rate of LAA thrombus in AF, partly through blood stasis or impaired LAA function.
Katsuomi Iwakura; Atsushi Okamura; Yasushi Koyama; Motoo Date; Yoshiharu Higuchi; Koichi Inoue; Ryusuke Kimura; Hiroyuki Nagai; Yuko Toyoshima; Makito Ozawa; Norihisa Ito; Masahiko Shibuya; Shigemiki Omiya; Takashi Takagi; Daisuke Morisawa; Kenshi Fujii
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of cardiology     Volume:  107     ISSN:  1879-1913     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Cardiol.     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0207277     Medline TA:  Am J Cardiol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  417-22     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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