Left atrial electromechanical conduction time can predict six-month maintenance of sinus rhythm after electrical cardioversion in persistent atrial fibrillation by Doppler tissue echocardiography.

@article{Park2010LeftAE,
  title={Left atrial electromechanical conduction time can predict six-month maintenance of sinus rhythm after electrical cardioversion in persistent atrial fibrillation by Doppler tissue echocardiography.},
  author={Seong-Mi Park and Yong-Hyun Kim and Jong Il Choi and Hui-Nam Pak and Young-Hoon Kim and Wan-Joo Shim},
  journal={Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography : official publication of the American Society of Echocardiography},
  year={2010},
  volume={23 3},
  pages={309-14}
}
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to determine whether atrial electromechanical conduction time (EMT) measured by echocardiography can predict 6-month maintenance of sinus rhythm (SR) after electrical cardioversion in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS Fifty-three patients with persistent AF (>1 month) who had successful cardioversion and 30 controls with SR were prospectively enrolled. SR maintenance was assessed during 6-month follow-up. EMT was measured as the time… CONTINUE READING