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Left atrial function in heart failure with impaired and preserved ejection fraction.
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PMID:  25032726     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Left atrial structural and functional changes in heart failure are relatively ignored parts of cardiac assessment. This review illustrates the pathophysiological and functional changes in left atrium in heart failure as well as their prognostic value.
RECENT FINDINGS: Heart failure can be divided into those with systolic dysfunction and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF). Left atrial enlargement and dysfunction commonly occur in systolic heart failure, in particular, in idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. Atrial enlargement and dysfunction also carry important prognostic value in systolic heart failure, independently of known parameters such as left ventricular ejection fraction. In HFPEF, there is evidence of left atrial enlargement, impaired atrial compliance, and reduction of atrial pump function. This occurs not only at rest but also during exercise, indicating significant impairment of atrial contractile reserve. Furthermore, atrial dyssynchrony is common in HFPEF. These factors further contribute to the development of new onset or progression of atrial arrhythmias, in particular, atrial fibrillation.
SUMMARY: Left atrial function is an integral part of cardiac function and its structural and functional changes in heart failure are common. As changes of left atrial structure and function have different clinical implications in systolic heart failure and HFPEF, routine assessment is warranted.
Fang Fang; Alex Pui-Wai Lee; Cheuk-Man Yu
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-7-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in cardiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1531-7080     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr. Opin. Cardiol.     Publication Date:  2014 Jul 
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Created Date:  2014-7-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8608087     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Cardiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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