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Therapy Implications of Transthoracic Echocardiography in Acute Ischemic Stroke Patients
and Purpose-Stroke is the third leading cause of death in most Western countries. Cardioembolism might be responsible for 15% to 20% of ischemic strokes. Although atrial fibrillation can be diagnosed by electrocardiography, the remaining causes of cardioembolic stroke are diagnosed by echocardiography. Recent recommendations on the management of acute ischemic stroke fail to consider echocardiography as an essential test in all patients. Methods-We conducted a prospective observational study,doi:10.1161/01.str.0000170636.08554.49 pmid:15947277 fatcat:tbs7xz4pwrdbnntykhdlbvpqne