Prime Minister Sharon's stroke - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • jose biller
    • 12.01.06 | 22:28 (IST)

    The prevalence of a patent foramen ovale (PFO) in the general population is quite high (20%-30%). However, the risks of ischemic stroke (brain infarct) or stroke recurrence associated with a PFO are unknown. Best estimates are that the risk of recurrence (transient ischemic attacks [mini-strokes] or strokes) is less than 6 per 100 in 2 years. Optimal management (medical therapy with aspirin or blood thinners like warfarin or endovascular closure)is unknown at present. However, common sense is that a PFO is not a likely culprit in that age group, particularly, when other more established vascularrisk factors were present.

    from the article: Sharon's CT brain scan shows blood has been absorbed
    First published 00:00 12.01.06 | Last updated 00:00 12.01.06
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