Novel Echocardiographic Biomarkers in the Management of Atrial Fibrillation

Gumprecht, Jakub, Szulik, Mariola, Domek, Magdalena, Mazurek, Michał, Shantsila, Alena ORCID: 0000-0002-0594-8576, Oxborough, David and Lip, Gregory YH ORCID: 0000-0002-7566-1626
(2019) Novel Echocardiographic Biomarkers in the Management of Atrial Fibrillation. Current Cardiovascular Imaging Reports, 12 (12).

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<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:sec> <jats:title>Purpose of Review</jats:title> <jats:p>Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia in adults. The number of patients with AF is anticipated to increase annually, mainly due to the aging population alongside improved arrhythmia detection. AF is associated with a significantly elevated risk of hospitalization, stroke, thromboembolism, heart failure, and all-cause mortality. Echocardiography is one of the key components of routine assessment and management of AF. Therefore, the aim of this review is to briefly summarize current knowledge on “novel” echocardiographic parameters that may be of value in the management of AF patients.</jats:p> </jats:sec><jats:sec> <jats:title>Recent Findings</jats:title> <jats:p>Novel echocardiographic biomarkers and their clinical application related to the management of AF have been taken into consideration. Both standard parameters such as atrial size and volume but also novels like atrial strain and tissue Doppler techniques have been analyzed.</jats:p> </jats:sec><jats:sec> <jats:title>Summary</jats:title> <jats:p>A number of novel echocardiographic parameters have been proven to enable early detection of left atrial dysfunction along with increased diagnosis accuracy. This concerns particularly experienced echocardiographers. Hence, these techniques might improve the prediction of stroke and thromboembolic events among AF patients and need to be further developed and disseminated. Nonetheless, even the standard imaging parameters could be of significant value and should not be discontinued in everyday clinical practice.</jats:p> </jats:sec>

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2020 09:14
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2021 02:26
DOI: 10.1007/s12410-019-9520-6
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