In the following illustration you can see the pathophysiology of the cardioembolic stroke. Current hypothesis says that a-fib will cause a turbulent flow in atria which ends up creating a blood clot. This clot will travel through the main arteries up to the carotid system and the into the circle of Willis to finally get stuck creating downstream hypoperfusion and ischemia:
It’s important to remember anticoagulation in a patient with A-fib. You can check out the comorbidities and CHA2DS2VASC2 score used to prescribe anticoagulation in a fibrillating patient on my previous post about that HERE.
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