Articles tagged "stroke"

Extended cardiac monitoring is indicated for evaluation of cryptogenic strokes in elderly patients

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

Extended cardiac rhythm monitoring, repeated three times in 6 months, significantly increased detection of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in elderly patients with cryptogenic strokes.

Elevated Cardiac Troponin Levels Are Not Always Due to Acute Coronary Syndromes

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

High-sensitivity troponin assays have improved the sensitivity of the test but the specificity for acute coronary syndromes (ACS) has decreased over time.

Is prolonged monitoring for atrial fibrillation indicated after a cryptogenic stroke?

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

Up to 30% of ischemic strokes are cryptogenic strokes. Two studies suggest that paroxysmal atrial fibrillation may be the underlying etiology in some of these cryptogenic strokes.