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Silent Atrial Fibrillation and Cryptogenic Strokes

A new suspected cause of cryptic strokes is “silent atrial fibrillation.” Pacemakers and other implanted devices allow continuous recording of cardiac rhythm for months or years. They have discovered that short periods of atrial fibrillation lasting minutes or hours are frequent and usually are asymptomatic. A meta-analysis of 50 studies involving more than 10,000 patients […]

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Healthy Lifestyle and Functional Outcomes from Stroke in Women

While a healthy lifestyle has been associated with reduced risk of developing ischemic stroke, less is known about its effect on stroke severity. Methods We performed a prospective cohort study among 37,634 women without stroke or missing risk factor data at baseline. The healthy lifestyle index was composed of smoking, physical activity, body mass index, […]

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Trends in Stroke Rates, Risk, and Outcomes

Trends in Stroke Rates, Risk, and Outcomes in the United States, 1988 to 2008 Background Stroke is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. We describe trends in the incidence, outcomes, and risk factors for stroke in the US Medicare population from 1988 to 2008. Methods We analyzed data from a 20% sample of hospitalized Medicare […]

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‘Real-World’ Antithrombotic Treatment in AF

‘Real-World’ Antithrombotic Treatment in Atrial Fibrillation: The EORP-AF Pilot Survey   Background Current guidelines strongly recommend that oral anticoagulation should be offered to patients with atrial fibrillation and ≥1 stroke risk factors. The guidelines also recommend that oral anticoagulation still should be used in the presence of stroke risk factors irrespective of rate or rhythm […]

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A ‘Posterior Circulation Stroke’ that Benefits from Vitamins

A 75-year-old woman was admitted for somnolence and confusion. She had been treated for hypertension and hyperlipidemia. One year before, she had been hospitalized for a mild right ataxic hemiparesis attributed to a lacunar stroke and received aspirin 100 mg/day. For the past 6 months, she regularly complained about gastric discomfort and bloating, which was […]

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