Differential atrial stunning after electrical cardioversion: An echo tissue Doppler case study

Yulius Mustafa, Neil A. Buchbinder, C. Thomas Peter, Tasneem Z. Naqvi

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Abstract

Left atrial stunning after cardioversion is a well-known phenomenon. It has been associated with higher risk of postcardioversion thromboemboli and increased risk of recurrence of atrial fibrillation. We present a case of differential atrial stunning after electrical cardioversion for atrial fibrillation. Diagnosis was made by pulsed wave Doppler of mitral, tricuspid, and pulmonary vein inflow and mitral and tricuspid annuli. Differential mechanical atrial stunning may be a common phenomenon after cardioversion and may suggest difference in right and left atrial transport function. Its prevalence needs to be determined by a large study. Doppler tissue imaging might be routinely used in patients after cardioversion for atrial fibrillation to detect atrial stunning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)834-837
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Volume14
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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