Opinion
Volume 7 Issue 8 - 2020
Left Atrial Enlargement, Arterial Hypertension and Atrial Fibrillation, Another Framingham Clue in the XXI Century
Arnaldo Rodríguez León1*, Alain Alonso Herrera2, Suruj Harrichand3, Chabeli Alicia Lugo Cordero4 and Laritza Rodríguez Martínez5
1Cardiology Service, University Hospital Celestino Hernández, Santa Clara, Villa Clara, Cuba
2Department of Echocardiography, University Hospital Cardiocentro Ernesto Guevara, Santa Clara, Villa Clara, Cuba
3Cardiology Resident, University Hospital Cardiocentro Ernesto Guevara, Santa Clara, Villa Clara, Cuba
4Comprehensive General Medicine, Teaching Policlinic XX Aniversario, Santa Clara, Villa Clara, Cuba
5Comprehensive General Medicine Resident, Teaching Policlinic Ernesto Guevara, Cienfuegos, Cuba
*Corresponding Author: Arnaldo Rodríguez León, Cardiology Service, University Hospital Celestino Hernández, Santa Clara, Villa Clara, Cuba.
Received: June 19, 2020; Published: July 07, 2020




Arterial hypertension is a systemic condition characterized by elevated blood pressure in the vascular system. Despite the great effort of scientific community to sensitize population to the problem, enforcing the preventive and treatment measures, this condition continues to be responsible for a large portion of global mortality, as it represents one of the major modifiable risk factors for adverse cardiovascular (CV) and cerebrovascular events in both developed and developing countries [1]. Long-term arterial hypertension can cause coronary artery disease, stroke, heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, vision loss, and chronic kidney disease [2]. Left atrial enlargement (LAE) is a marker of left ventricular (LV) pressure and volume overload. The size of the left atrium (LA) is increased in numerous CV disorders and is characterized by alterations in LV structure and function, such as mitral valve or myocardial disease and arterial hypertension [3]. In hypertensive heart disease, LAE is a reliable marker of a chronically elevated LV filling pressure and diastolic dysfunction even in the absence of mitral valve disease [4,5].

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Citation: Arnaldo Rodríguez León., et al. “Left Atrial Enlargement, Arterial Hypertension and Atrial Fibrillation, Another Framingham Clue in the XXI Century”. EC Cardiology 7.8 (2020): 06-09.

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