Cardiac Embolic Stroke: Anticoagulating the Elderly

  • Stanford Wessler

Abstract

Stroke remains the third commonest cause of death in the United States. Cerebral infarcts from cardiac emboli represent a progressively increasing percentage of strokes. as non-traumatic cerebral hemorrhages secondary to hypertension continue to decline. In no age group is this increase in cerebral infarction from cardiac emboli more apparent than in the elderly. 75 per cent of individuals over age 85 are not in nursing homes;1 yet an increasing number of these individuals remain at risk of premature death or disability from an embolic stroke.

Keywords

Atrial Fibrillation Cerebral Hemorrhage Infarcted Area Rheumatic Heart Disease Cerebral Embolism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stanford Wessler
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  1. 1.Department of MedicineNew York University School of MedicineNew YorkUSA

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