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Recent atrial fibrillation in acute myocardial infarction: a sign of pericarditis.
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PMID:  8149754     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The association between recent atrial fibrillation during the course of acute myocardial infarction and pericarditis or pericardial effusion occurring during the hospital phase of myocardial infarction was studied by means of serial echocardiographic examinations in 192 patients presenting with their first myocardial infarction. Clinical pericarditis was found in 8%, echocardiographic effusion in 43%, and atrial fibrillation in 5% of all patients. Atrial fibrillation was present in only 2% of patients without pericardial effusion compared to 15% of patients with more than minimal effusion (p = 0.0094). Thus, pericarditis might play a role in the development of recent atrial fibrillation during the course of myocardial infarction. Recent atrial fibrillation may be a sign of pericardial effusion which may be otherwise silent.
P Widimský; P Gregor
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cor et vasa     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0010-8650     ISO Abbreviation:  Cor Vasa     Publication Date:  1993  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-05-12     Completed Date:  1994-05-12     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372614     Medline TA:  Cor Vasa     Country:  CZECH REPUBLIC    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  230-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
2nd Internal Clinic, University Hospital Vinohrady, Prague, Czech Republic.
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MeSH Terms
Atrial Fibrillation / etiology*
Middle Aged
Myocardial Infarction / complications*
Pericardial Effusion / etiology
Pericarditis / diagnosis*,  etiology
Retrospective Studies

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