Usual assessment of left atrial size by 2-dimensional echocardiography in the anteroposterior dimension often underestimates the true atrial size. We compared 15 young patients (50 years old) with lone paroxysmal atrial fibrillation to age-matched controls, and measured atrial size in the inferosuperior and mediolateral dimensions. These additional measurements and atrial volumes were significantly increased compared with control patients, revealing that patients with apparent lone paroxysmal atrial fibrillation may have subtle structural abnormalities of the left atrium.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine