Tuesday, July 10, 2012

What's a cryptogenic stroke?

I've heard mine called this - cryptogenic stroke. That was 14+ years ago.

Fast forward to this recent doctor conversation about what is a cryptogenic stroke, and how they are searching for answers. Follow the link to the entire transcript and/or watch the video. Here are a few sentences:
"[C]ryptogenic stroke is an ischemic stroke in which we have not found a smoking gun. It is not due to carotid stenosis. It is not due to a clot in the heart. It is not due to atrial fibrillation. It looks like an embolism, but we cannot find where the embolism came from."

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