As a practising cardiologist, you know about the challenges of keeping up to date with the latest research results or best practices. The E-journal is a weekly e-mail sent to cardiologists, written by leading experts in Europe, summarising an important topic in cardiology.
|Assessing stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation|
Be reminded here how observation of symptoms can help determine location of the embolus or emboli, involvement of anterior or posterior circulation, and what diagnostic work-up will establish the cause-effect relationship between left atrial appendage and cardioembolic (ischemic) stroke. A primary target is to initiate a reperfusion therapy no later than 60 minutes from hospital admission - provided patient is eligible. The next important step is to start anticoagulant therapy in the hospital phase because only initiation of anticoagulant therapy in hospital can reduce the relative risk of recurrent ischemic embolic stroke up to 80 %.
From the Council of Cardiology Practice
Editor in Chief: Prof. Denis Clément EFESC, Gent, Belgium
Co-Editor: Prof. John Camm FESC, London, United Kingdom
Co-Editor: Prof. Luc Piérard FESC, Liège, Belgium
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