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Vol 70, No 5 (2012)
Noninvasive cardiovascular imaging
Published online: 2012-05-23
Submitted: 2012-12-28
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Ulcerated plaques of the aorta as a cause of ischaemic stroke

Justyna Rybicka, Mirosław Kowalski, Ilona Michałowska, Piotr Hoffman
Kardiol Pol 2012;70(5):524-526.

open access

Vol 70, No 5 (2012)
Noninvasive cardiovascular imaging
Published online: 2012-05-23
Submitted: 2012-12-28

Abstract

Stroke is a second cause of mortality worldwide and a leading cause of acquired disability in adults. Approximately 20% of all ischaemic strokes are of cardioembolic origin. We present a case of a 60-year-old man with a history of stroke without changes in carotid and vertebral arteries. Echocardiography exam revealed patent foramen ovale (PFO) and abnormal echos in the aorta that were verified as advanced complex atheromas by computed tomography. Due to small size PFO was deemed insignificant and the source of embolism were most probably aortic atheromas. Patient was put on acenocumarol, aspirin and statin.

Abstract

Stroke is a second cause of mortality worldwide and a leading cause of acquired disability in adults. Approximately 20% of all ischaemic strokes are of cardioembolic origin. We present a case of a 60-year-old man with a history of stroke without changes in carotid and vertebral arteries. Echocardiography exam revealed patent foramen ovale (PFO) and abnormal echos in the aorta that were verified as advanced complex atheromas by computed tomography. Due to small size PFO was deemed insignificant and the source of embolism were most probably aortic atheromas. Patient was put on acenocumarol, aspirin and statin.
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Keywords

ischaemic stroke; embolism; aortic atheromas; echocardiography

About this article
Title

Ulcerated plaques of the aorta as a cause of ischaemic stroke

Journal

Kardiologia Polska (Polish Heart Journal)

Issue

Vol 70, No 5 (2012)

Pages

524-526

Published online

2012-05-23

Bibliographic record

Kardiol Pol 2012;70(5):524-526.

Keywords

ischaemic stroke
embolism
aortic atheromas
echocardiography

Authors

Justyna Rybicka
Mirosław Kowalski
Ilona Michałowska
Piotr Hoffman

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