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Cryptogenic Stroke and Underlying Atrial Fibrillation

Thursday, June 26, 2014

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Source Name: New England Journal of Medicine


Tommaso Sanna, Hans-Christoph Diener, Rod S. Passman, Vincenzo Di Lazzaro, Richard A. Bernstein, Carlos A. Morillo, Marilyn Mollman Rymer, Vincent Thijs, Tyson Rogers, Frank Beckers, Kate Lindborg, and Johannes Brachmann, for the CRYSTAL AF Investigators

The cause of ischemic stroke remains elusive in up to 20-40% of cases.  In patients with cryptogenic stroke, 8.9% of patients with long term monitoring using an insertable cardiac monitor were found to an episode of atrial fibrillation, which may have implications in therapy.

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