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The relationship between total atrial conduction time and left atrial global strain in patients with psoriasis vulgaris

Hakan Duman, Nursel Dilek, Selami Demirelli, Sinan Inci, Handan Duman, Mustafa Çetin, Murtaza Emre Durakoğlugil

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Online publish date: 2019/01/30
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Psoriasis vulgaris is a chronic, multisystem disease that results in the development of atrial fibrillation (AF) over time. In this study, our goal was to assess predictors of AF in patients with psoriasis, including total atrial conduction time (TACT) and left atrial global longitudinal strain (LAGLS).

Material and methods
A total of 80 individuals, including 40 psoriasis patients and 40 healthy controls, were enrolled in the study. A physical examination was performed, biochemical parameters were studied, and Holter electrocardiography was carried out. Conventional echocardiography, atrial tissue Doppler, and speckle tracking echocardiography were recorded.

No significant difference was observed between psoriasis patients and healthy controls with regard to age, and the average duration of psoriasis was 5.7 years. High-sensitivity C reactive protein levels were higher in the patient group compared to the control group (respectively, group 1: 1 ±0.8; group 2: 0.6 ±0.3, p < 0.05). Atrial arrhythmia was not detected in the Holter ECG monitoring. A significant moderate negative correlation between TACT and LAGLS (r = –0.57, p < 0.05) was observed, and there was a significant moderate positive correlation between the duration of disease and TACT (r = 0.52, p < 0.05).

In the current study, we determined that LAGLS decreased, TACT was prolonged, and P-wave dispersion increased in patients with psoriasis. The current results may improve predictions of AF risk in psoriasis patients in clinical practice.


psoriasis vulgaris, left atrium, global strain

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