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April 1991

Cardiac Sources of Cerebral Embolism

Author Affiliations

Sector de Enfermedades Cerebrovasculares Division Neurologia Facultad de Medicina Universidad de Buenos Aires Hospital Ramos Mejia Urquiza 609 1221 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arch Neurol. 1991;48(4):359-360. doi:10.1001/archneur.1991.00530160019006

To the Editor.  —We read with interest the second report on brain embolism by the Task Force.1 In reviewing their first article,2 they estimated that the incidence of stroke due to cardiogenic embolism should be around 15%, ranging between 6% and 23%, of all ischemic strokes. When discussing heart pathologies, they established that non-valvular atrial fibrillation, ischemic heart disease, rheumatic heart disease, and prosthetic cardiac valves account for the majority of cardioembolic stroke and considered that nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathies were a less common cardiac cause of embo

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