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Cerebral microbleeds are uncommon in ischemic stroke associated with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation.
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PMID:  19888932     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Patients with cardioembolic ischemic stroke from nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) are candidates for long-term anticoagulation. This study examines the prevalence of cerebral microbleeds (MBs) in stroke patients with NVAF.
METHODS: A total of 132 consecutive ischemic stroke patients with NVAF admitted to our Stroke Unit were recruited if complete magnetic resonance (MR) imaging studies including T2* imaging had been performed within less than 72 hours. National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale scores were documented and cerebrovascular risk factors were monitored.
RESULTS: Among 132 patients (mean age 74.1 ± 9.8 years), only 9 (6.8%) had MBs (mean number 6.2) as detected on T2* MR images. No statistically significant differences between patients without versus with MBs were observed regarding arterial hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and coronary heart disease. However, small vessel disease (SVD) was significantly more frequent in patients with MBs than without MBs (44.4% vs. 12.2%; P < .05) and significantly more patients with MBs experienced repeated strokes (44.4% vs. 14.6%; P < .05).
CONCLUSIONS: In contrast to studies reflecting a high incidence of MBs in stroke patients of various subtypes, MBs occurred less frequently in patients with cardioembolic acute ischemic stroke associated with NVAF. In patients with severe SVD or repeated cerebrovascular events, special caution should be taken regarding oral anticoagulation.
Anastasios Chatzikonstantinou; Olaf Willmann; Kristina Szabo; Michael G Hennerici
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of neuroimaging : official journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1552-6569     ISO Abbreviation:  J Neuroimaging     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9102705     Medline TA:  J Neuroimaging     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  103-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2009 by the American Society of Neuroimaging.
From the Department of Neurology, Universitätsklinikum Mannheim, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Mannheim, Germany.
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