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Article
November 1976

Cerebral Ischemic Events Associated With Prolapsing Mitral Valve

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Clinical Neurological Sciences (Drs Barnett and Jones) and Medicine (Drs Boughner and Kostuk), University Hospital, London, Ontario.

Arch Neurol. 1976;33(11):777-782. doi:10.1001/archneur.1976.00500110045008
Abstract

• Twelve patients who had no evidence of arteriosclerotic cerebral vascular disease, lacked hypertension or coagulation defect, and had not been receiving contraceptive therapy had recurrent transient cerebral ischemic attacks (TIAs) and partial nonprogressive strokes. All had prolapsing mitral valve proved by angiocardiography. The average age was 38 years, compared with 62 years in a larger series of patients with TIA associated with arteriosclerosis. We propose that the ischemic events are related to emboli emanating from the abnormal mitral valve with or without an associated paroxysmal cardiac arrhythmia.

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