Evaluation of P wave Dispersion and Tissue Doppler Imaging for Predicting Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation in Patients with Hypertension


  • Xiaohui Zhang Electrocardiographic Room, Affiliated Hospital of Taishan Medical University, PR China
  • Wei Zeng Department of Cardiology, Affiliated Hospital of Taishan Medical University, PR China
  • Yuanmin Li Department of Cardiology, Affiliated Hospital of Taishan Medical University, PR China
  • Dapeng Hou Intensive Care Unit, Affiliated Hospital of Taishan Medical University, PR China
  • Xiuchang Li Department of Cardiology, Affiliated Hospital of Taishan Medical University, PR China
  • Wenbo Xu Electrocardiographic Room, Affiliated Hospital of Taishan Medical University, PR China




Hypertension, Atrial fibrillation, Tissue Doppler echocardiography, Tissue Doppler imaging, Electromechanical delay


Background: There are no previous studies dealing with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) and hypertension using electrocardiogram and tissue doppler imaging (TDI). The aim of this study was to investigate and identify the predictive indicators for paroxysmal AF in hypertensive patients using
P wave dispersion (Pd) and TDI.

Methods: Patients with hypertension were enrolled. Patients with paroxysmal AF were classified as the PAF group, and patients without a history of paroxysmal AF were classified as the NAF group. The clinical data, P wave indicators and TDI indicators were collected and compared between the two groups.

Results: A total of 120 patients were enrolled into the study with 40 cases in the PAF group and 80 cases in the NAF group. Compared with NAF group, Pd, maximum P wave duration (Pmax), left ventricular end-diastolic dimension (LVEDd) and left atrial dimension (LAD) were significantly longer (P < .05) in the PAF group. PAL, PAI, PAR, LR, LI and IR were significantly longer (P < .05) in the PAF group than in the NAF group. As for ROC analysis, Pd and PAL had the greatest area under the curve. The best diagnostic value of Pd and PAL was 40ms and 78ms, respectively. The combination of Pd ≥40ms with Pmax ≥ 110ms showed higher specificity and positive predictive value but decreased sensitivity and negative predictive value for paroxysmal AF.

Conclusions: The PAF group had significantly longer atrial electromechanical time and higher Pd compared with NAF group. The combination of Pd and TDI may be helpful to predict the onset of paroxysmal AF in patients
with hypertension.


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How to Cite

Zhang, X., Zeng, W., Li, Y., Hou, D., Li, X., & Xu, W. (2018). Evaluation of P wave Dispersion and Tissue Doppler Imaging for Predicting Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation in Patients with Hypertension. The Heart Surgery Forum, 21(1), E054-E058. https://doi.org/10.1532/hsf.1831