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...

HIV on your mind?

Literally. HIV on the mind. And all across the remainder of the neuroaxis. In May, we posted an interview with Dr. Joseph Berger on BrainWaves where the complications of acute and chronic HIV on the central...

Painless Ophthalmoparesis

Well, relatively painless, the learning I mean. In one of my favorite episodes to date, Dr. Ali Hamedani, Section Editor for our Neuro-ophthalmology and neuro-otology section at BrainWaves, discusses the clinical approach to painless...