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Spinal Cord Infarct: Clinical & Imaging Pearls

Waimei Amy Tai, MD, Kalpana Suresh, MD, and Parham Moftakhar, MD

January/February 2017—Spinal cord infarcts are very rare, accounting for 0.3 to one percent of all strokes, and traditionally associated with a poor prognosis.1 There are a variety of clinical scen…

In-Focus: Stroke

January/February 2017—Study Finds No Additional Benefit to Intravenous Thrombolysis with tPA Before Mechanical Thrombectomy New findings suggest that treating patients for acute ischemic stroke …

The Evolving Role of Neurologists Amid the Endovascular Revolution in Stroke Care

With Johanna Fifi, MD and Dileep Yavagal, MD

January/February 2017—New standards of care are shaping a brighter future in stroke treatment, but many challenges remain.

Decreasing Door-to-Reperfusion Time

Jessalyn K. Holodinsky, MSc, Bijoy K. Menon, MD, MSc, Noreen Kamal, PhD, and Mayank Goyal, MD, FRCPC

January/February 2017—Steps taken at Foothills Medical Centre to improve stroke care.

Cryptogenic Stroke & Atrial Fibrillation: Establishing the Link Through Team Approaches to Care

Pramod Sethi, MD, FAHA, CPI and Sharon L. Biby, ANVP-BC, AGPCNP-BC

January/February 2017—Implementing a Cryptogenic Stroke Pathway may help reduce recurrent strokes and improve outcomes for stroke patients.

PFO Occluder Approved to Reduce Risk of Recurrent Stroke

Monday, October 31, 2016—The FDA recently approved St. Jude Medical’s Amplatzer PFO Occluder to help reduce the risk of recurrent ischemic strokes in patients diagnosed with a patent foramen ova…

Hoarse Speech: An Unusual Presentation of Vertebral Artery Dissection

Kevin G. Lazo, DO, Sanjeev Sharma, MD, Oki Ishikawa, MD, Guillermo Restrepo, PA, Jessica Lim, MD, Bidyut Pramanik, MD, Jane Lee, MD, David Langer, MD, Steven Mandel, MD, and Rafael Ortiz, MD

September 2016—Vertebral Artery Dissection (VAD) refers to a non-hemorrhagic cerebrovascular event caused by a flap-like tear in the vertebral arteries of the cervical vasculature. VAD event…

Uncertainties About Cardiac Monitoring After Cryptogenic Stroke

Cen Zhang, MD and Scott E. Kasner, MD

July/August 2016—Despite a bevy of options to manage atrial fibrillation, many questions remain unanswered regarding the utility of monitoring and anticoagulation.


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