Echocardiographic evidence of left atrial abnormality in young patients with lone paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

Robert S. Phang, Steven M. Isserman, Darshak Karia, Natesa G. Pandian, Munther K. Homoud, Mark S. Link, N. A.Mark Estes, Paul J. Wang

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Usual assessment of left atrial size by 2-dimensional echocardiography in the anteroposterior dimension often underestimates the true atrial size. We compared 15 young patients (50 years old) with lone paroxysmal atrial fibrillation to age-matched controls, and measured atrial size in the inferosuperior and mediolateral dimensions. These additional measurements and atrial volumes were significantly increased compared with control patients, revealing that patients with apparent lone paroxysmal atrial fibrillation may have subtle structural abnormalities of the left atrium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)511-513
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Cardiology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 15 2004


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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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