Left atrial appendage function determined by transesophageal echocardiography in patients with rheumatic mitral valve disease.

@article{Hwang1994LeftAA,
  title={Left atrial appendage function determined by transesophageal echocardiography in patients with rheumatic mitral valve disease.},
  author={J J Hwang and Y H Li and J. M. Lin and Tianbai Wang and Kou-Gi Shyu and Y. L. Ko and J L Lin and J. J.-H. Chen and Peiliang Kuan and W. P. Lien},
  journal={Cardiology},
  year={1994},
  volume={85 2},
  pages={121-8}
}
Left atrial thrombi have been considered to be the major source of systemic arterial embolization in patients with rheumatic mitral valve disease. Almost half of the left atrial thrombi are found in the left atrial appendage (LAA). To investigate LAA size and LAA contractile function in patients with rheumatic mitral valve disease, transesophageal echocardiographic and Doppler studies were performed in 61 patients. Among them, 46 patients were in atrial fibrillation (group 1), while the other… CONTINUE READING

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