Higher incidence of atrial fibrillation in the metabolic syndrome: a Hispanic population study.
The metabolic syndrome is probably one of the main medical problems in developing countries. Purpose of this investigation
was to study the metabolic syndrome at the Puerto Rico and Caribbean Cardiovascular Center with emphasis on the cardiovascular
The medical charts in the last six years of the metabolic syndrome were evaluated at the PRCCC.
One Hundred and Seventy-Three patients met the consensus criteria of the metabolic syndrome. The mean age was 60 years. Fifty-seven percent were males and 42% females. The mean body mass was 30 kg/m. The ejection fraction was subnormal (49 +/- 8%). The end systolic dimension of the left atrium was increased (45 +/- 10mm) when compared to normal. The incidence of atrial fibrillation was 16%.
The metabolic syndrome in this sub-group of Hispanics, showed a higher incidence of atrial fibrillation without ventricular tachycardia. This is probably related to abnormal left ventricular and atrial function.
Department of Medicine and Physiology, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, Puerto Rico and Caribbean Cardiovascular Center. firstname.lastname@example.org
SourceBoletín de la Asociación Médica de Puerto Rico 103:4 pg 24-7
Pub Type(s)Journal Article