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INTRODUCTION Thromboembolism, usually originating from the left atrium (LA) and left atrial appendage (LAA), is a major complication of atrial fibrillation and may result in transient ischemic attack and stroke. Computed tomography (CT) is a noninvasive test for detection of LA and LAA thrombus. We sought to conduct a meta-analysis to evaluate the accuracy(More)
OBJECTIVE To observe the prevalence and related risk factors of arterial stiffness measured by brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS The study population included 135 patients currently enrolled in the Chinese SLE Treatment and Research group registry (CSTAR). All traditional cardiovascular(More)
OBJECTIVES This study was performed to determine the relationship between systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and the interarm blood pressure difference (IAD) and to elucidate the role of the IAD as a surrogate marker for early detection of peripheral artery disease (PAD) in patients with SLE. METHODS In total, 135 patients with SLE and 135 age- and(More)
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