Left atrial volume: an old echocardiographic measure with renewed prognostic significance: a study in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy

Ana Galrinho, Luísa Moura Branco, Rui M Soares, Fernando Miranda, Ana Leal, Rui Cruz Ferreira
2009 Revista Portuguesa de Cardiologia  
Left atrial enlargement is common in many cardiac diseases; a major determinant of this enlargement is left ventricular diastolic pressure. Left atrial volume (LAV) has recently been linked to adverse prognosis. The objective of our study was to assess LAV as a prognostic marker in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and to correlate LAV with other known prognostic factors such as maximum oxygen consumption (VO2 max) and pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (pro-BNP).
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