Left atrial strain as a predictor for atrial fibrillation

Novel echocardiographic measures based on speckle tracking analyses of the left atrium have shown promise as prognosticators in valvular heart disease, ischemic heart disease and atrial fibrillation, among others. An extensive echocardiographic examination was performed at baseline of the ACE 1950 study cohort. This project will investigate if left atrial strain, strain rate and mechanical dispersion measured at baseline can predict new-onset atrial fibrillation at follow-up.

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