Relationship of circulating endothelial progenitor cells to the recurrence of atrial fibrillation after successful conversion and maintenance of sinus rhythm.

@article{Siu2010RelationshipOC,
  title={Relationship of circulating endothelial progenitor cells to the recurrence of atrial fibrillation after successful conversion and maintenance of sinus rhythm.},
  author={Chung Wah Siu and Timothy Watson and Wing-Hon Kevin Lai and Yee-ki Lee and Yap-Hang Chan and K KP Ng and Chu-pak Lau and Gregory Y. H. Lip and Hung-fat Tse},
  journal={Europace : European pacing, arrhythmias, and cardiac electrophysiology : journal of the working groups on cardiac pacing, arrhythmias, and cardiac cellular electrophysiology of the European Society of Cardiology},
  year={2010},
  volume={12 4},
  pages={517-21}
}
AIMS To determine whether the number of circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) predicts arrhythmia recurrence after direct current cardioversion (DCCV). METHODS AND RESULTS The numbers of circulating CD34+/KDR+ EPCs were determined with flow cytometry in 51 consecutive patients with persistent AF [the mean age: 67 +/- 1.3 years, male (65%)] prior to DCCV and were compared with that of age- and sex-matched controls, and cohorts of… CONTINUE READING