Tagged: stroke

The many faces of PRES

Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome Not always posterior, not always reversible, not always associated with encephalopathy. To give you the actual numbers, 75% of cases have frontal and temporal involvement, and a third affect the...

Closing the case on PFO closure

Cryptogenic stroke is the term neurologists use to describe patients with an unknown stroke etiology. (For a quick review, I’d refer you to our earlier episode on the topic.) In a large number of...

Still worsening after stroke?

800,000. That is the number of strokes that occur in the US every year. In approximately one-third of these cases, the  patient’s symptoms will continue to deteriorate several days after onset. And the risk of neurologic deterioration...

When the brain breaks your heart

I am more of a stroke guy myself. As an over-generalization, I see the heart as the organ responsible for maintaining adequate brain function. When the heart fails, the brain fails. But sometimes, we...

Why I choose apixaban

Secondary stroke prevention is achieved using targeted therapeutics. This is no secret. American Heart Association Guidelines recommend the use of aspirin in the acute setting of a cerebral infarction, but in cases of non-valvular...