The left atrium: a biomarker of chronic diastolic dysfunction and cardiovascular disease risk.

@article{Douglas2003TheLA,
  title={The left atrium: a biomarker of chronic diastolic dysfunction and cardiovascular disease risk.},
  author={Pamela Sylvia Douglas},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Cardiology},
  year={2003},
  volume={42 7},
  pages={1206-7}
}
Since Framingham Heart Study investigators first confirmed the existence and importance of cardiac risk factors in 1961 (1), clinicians and scientists have been seeking to refine our ability to predict cardiovascular disease risk. These efforts stem from an appreciation that atherosclerosis begins at a very young age but is clinically silent for many years and also that during this latent period it is possible to delay or prevent the onset of its devastating and systemic clinical manifestations… CONTINUE READING

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