Aortic plaque in atrial fibrillation: prevalence, predictors, and thromboembolic implications.


BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Thoracic aortic plaque identified by transesophageal echocardiography heightens the risk of stroke associated with atrial fibrillation (AF). We sought to identify the prevalence, predictors, and implications of aortic plaque in patients with nonvalvular AF. METHODS Thoracic aortic plaque was prospectively sought in 770 persons with… (More)


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