A.О. Borodai, O.S. Sychоv Association between atherosclerosis of aorta and carotid arteries and thrombogenic markers in patients with atrial fibrillation-flutter paroxysm of more than 48 hours duration

The aim of the study was to determine rate of atherosclerotic markers in aorta and carotid arteries and to evaluate its association with markers of thrombus formation and vascular events. We examined 140 patients with
atrial fibrillation (AF): mean age 58.67±0.85 years and mean duration of AF 8.07±1.86 months. 86.43 % patients had coronary artery disease; 8.57 % myocardiofibrosis, 2.14 % arterial hypertension, 2.14 % metabolic
cardiomyopathy, and 0.71 % with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. 84.29 % of patients had concomitant arterial hypertension. In 43.5 % patients the current paroxysm was first. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and
carotid duplex scanning were performed in all patients. We found strong association between atherosclerotic markers, thrombogenic markers and vascular events in anamnesis (Р<0.001), so TEE and carotid duplex scanning are useful tools for stratification of high risk patients with long-term AF

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