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Revista chilena de cardiología

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POTTHOFF, Marcelo et al. Left Atrial Strain and Biomarkers for Stroke in patients with Recent Onset Atrial Fibrillation. Rev Chil Cardiol [online]. 2017, vol.36, n.2, pp.89-96. ISSN 0718-8560.

Introduction: Atrial myopathy and fibrosis constitute a pro-arrhythmic and pro-thromboembolic substrate in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Recent studies using left atrial strain (LAS) have shown that LAS contributes to predict AF recurrence in patients with paroxysmal AF. The association between LAS and cardiac biomarkers in predicting silent stroke (SS) in patients with new AF has not been studied. Aim: The association of LAS and cardiac biomarkers contribute to predict SS in patients with new AF. Methods: We have prospectively evaluated 57 consecutive patients with new AF (first episode with less than 8 weeks of evolution). Baseline clinical characteristics and blood samples for determinations of Pro-BNP, D-Dimer and GDF-15 were obtained. Brain magnetic resonance (BMRI) and 2D Echo were performed within 3 days. In sinus rhythm, the positive deflection during ventricular systole of the LAS curve derived from speckle tracking was considered (mean of 5 cycles) (LASS). Mann Whitney U test and Spearman Rho were used for statistical analysis. Results: Mean age was 70±8,2 years, 70% were men. The mean CHA2DS2-VASc score was 3,1±1. Mean pro-BNP, D-Dimer and GDF-15 were 96,1±12,4 pg/ml, 990±140 ng/ml and 12 ng/ml, respectively. Fifteen percent of patients (n=9) had evidence of previous SS in BMRI. Patients with SS had significantly less LASS than patients without events (5,5±1,1% and 14,6±7,3% respectively p=0,04). In addition, a significant correlation between LASs and pro-BNP, D-Dimer and GDF-15 was found. Conclusion: Evidence of SS was found in 15% of patients with new AF. This was associated with LASs impairment, which was inversely correlated with cardiac biomarkers of LV overload, thrombogenesis and LA fibrosis. These findings could be utilized for a better risk stratification of stroke in patients with new AF.

Keywords : atrial fibrillation; stroke; echocardiogra-phy; strain; atrial.

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