AIM:: Increased left atrium diameter (LAD) is associated with elevated risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. We evaluated new-onset left atrium enlargement (LAE) and their correlates over a 10-year period in participants of the general population enrolled in the Pressioni Monitorate e Loro Associazioni study. METHODS:: The study included 1045 participants with normal LAD at baseline evaluation having a readable echocardiogram at the end of follow-up. Cut-points for abnormal LAD were derived from reference values recommended by American Society of Echocardiography. RESULTS:: Over a 10-year period, 123 participants (11.8%) progressed to LAE. The incidence of new-onset LAE increased significantly from the lowest to the highest tertile of baseline office, home and 24-h blood pressure (BP); BMI; fasting blood glucose and left ventricular mass index (LVMI). In multivariate analysis, baseline LAD [odds ratio (OR) 3.18, confidence interval (CI) 2.26–4.47, P?
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Internal Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine