Troubles of Atrial Mechanical Recovery after Electrical Cardioversion in Patients with Persistent or Long-Lasting Persistent Atrial Fibrillation - Pages 51-56
Renato De Vecchis, Andrea Paccone and Marco Di Maio
Published: 10 October 2019
Abstract: Background: In the present retrospective cohort study we have evaluated the missed or delayed atrial mechanical recovery in a population of patients with persistent or long-lasting persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) who achieved restoration of sinus rhythm on the ECG by electrical cardioversion (ECV).
Methods: The endpoint of our study was the failure to recover the normal mechanics of the left atrium. Inclusion criterion was the persistent or long-lasting persistent AF successfully treated by means of ECV, provided that a pertinent documentation was made available, comprising ECG, conventional 2D echo-color-Doppler and speckle tracking echocardiography(STE) evaluation, with also a STE assessment of the atria at the days 1, 30 and 90 from the ECV freely available within the clinical record of the patient.
Keywords: Atrial fibrillation, electrical cardioversion, atrial mechanical recovery, speckle tracking echocardiography, outcome.