Thursday, April 09, 2015

One more connection between heart and stroke

You see a lot of news about atrial fibrillation stroke risk. And my own stroke was ascribed to a hole in my heart combined with a divot along the atrial wall.

Now, one more connection, how a study findings suggest that a pouch in the heart may trigger unexplained strokes:
A pouch-like structure in the heart may be the source of some strokes that have no other known cause, a new study suggests.
This pouch in the heart's left atrial chamber -- called a left atrial septal pouch -- was first discovered in 2010 by cardiologists at the University of California, Irvine.
"The cul-de-sac nature of this heart pouch may promote stagnation of the blood, forming clots that can travel into the brain and cause a stroke," Dr. Mark Fisher, a professor of neurology and pathology and laboratory medicine, said in a UC Irvine news release.
Heart health and stroke risk - pay attentio
n to both.

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