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Published: 24 Apr 2023
The risk of ischemic stroke and associated left atrial strain in elderly individuals
A cohort study investigating the cardiovascular factors associated with subclinical cerebrovascular disease. Left atrial strain (LAε) and left atrial strain rate (LASR) were assessed by speckle-tracking echocardiography.
The lowest positive longitudinal LAε (compared to other quintiles) and negative longitudinal LASR were associated with incident ischemic stroke, independent of left ventricular global longitudinal strain and incident atrial fibrillation.
Authors concluded that speckle-tracking echocardiography assessment of LAε and LASR may improve stroke risk stratification.