Fast Five Quiz: Do You Know the Complications, Proper Workup, and Best Treatment Practices for Ischemic Stroke?

Edward C. Jauch, MD


February 12, 2018

The most important modifiable risk factor for ischemic stroke is hypertension. Other risk factors that can be corrected and modified include:

  • Diabetes mellitus

  • Cardiac disease: Atrial fibrillation, valvular disease, heart failure, mitral stenosis, structural anomalies allowing right-to-left shunting (eg, patent foramen ovale), and atrial and ventricular enlargement

  • Hypercholesterolemia

  • Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs)

  • Carotid stenosis

  • Hyperhomocystinemia

  • Lifestyle issues: Excessive alcohol intake, tobacco use, illicit drug use, physical inactivity

  • Obesity

  • Oral contraceptive use/postmenopausal hormone use

For more on the risk factors for ischemic stroke, read here.


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