Systemic inflammation and left atrial thrombus in patients with non-rheumatic atrial fibrillation.

@article{Maehama2010SystemicIA,
  title={Systemic inflammation and left atrial thrombus in patients with non-rheumatic atrial fibrillation.},
  author={Tomoko Maehama and Hiroyuki Okura and Koichiro Imai and Ken Saito and Ryotaro Yamada and Terumasa Koyama and Akihiro Hayashida and Yoji Neishi and Takahiro Kawamoto and Kiyoshi Yoshida},
  journal={Journal of cardiology},
  year={2010},
  volume={56 1},
  pages={118-24}
}
BACKGROUND There is an apparent link between thrombogenesis and inflammation. We hypothesized that systemic inflammation [as indicated by C-reactive protein (CRP)] would be related to the presence of left atrial (LA) thrombus in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). To test this hypothesis, we evaluated the relationship between CRP and LA thrombus in patients with non-rheumatic AF. METHODS AND RESULTS Between October 2004 and December 2008, 190 patients with non-rheumatic AF (122 males, age… CONTINUE READING