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Grzegorz Piotrowski, Zenon Gawor, Dariusz Timler, Jozef Tazbir. Assessment of left atrial appendage function by transesophageal echocardiography in patients two weeks after acute coronary syndromes. J Geriatr Cardiol 2005; 2(4): 198-201.
Citation: Grzegorz Piotrowski, Zenon Gawor, Dariusz Timler, Jozef Tazbir. Assessment of left atrial appendage function by transesophageal echocardiography in patients two weeks after acute coronary syndromes. J Geriatr Cardiol 2005; 2(4): 198-201.

Assessment of left atrial appendage function by transesophageal echocardiography in patients two weeks after acute coronary syndromes

  • Publish Date: 2005-12-28
  • Background For many years in ischemic heart disease, ventricles rather than atria received attention so not much is known about left atrial function in left ventricular ischemia. Objective Our study aimed to evaluate left atrial appendage (LAA) function by means of biplane transesophageal echocardiography in patients ten days after acute coronary syndromes (ACS). Methods The study was performed on 16 adult patients (65.9±9.9 years old) in whom transesophageal echocardiography was done 10 days after ACS. The following left atrial appendage (LAA) planimetric parameters were analyzed: LAA transversal dimension, LAA longitudinal dimension,LAA maximal area, and LAA minimal area. LAA ejection fraction was calculated and analyzed. The following LAA Doppler parameters were analyzed: the peak LAA emptying and the peak LAA filling velocities. The control group consisted of 14 patients (43±14.6 years old) without cardiovascular diseases. Results Both LAA longitudinal dimension and LAA transversal dimension were significantly higher in patients with ACS than in control patients. The same was observed for LAA maximal area. Also LAA ejection fraction was higher in patients with ACS . LAA minimal area did not differ in the patients in either group. LAA peak emptying flow (LAAE) and LAA peak filling flow (LAAF) were significantly higher in patients of the study group than of the control group. Conclusion Our study shows that two weeks after acute coronary syndrome LAA as a reservoir as well as a pump works at a higher level than it does in the control group.
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