Which risk factors for atherosclerotic and cardiac disease should be identified in the medical history of patients with suspected ischemic stroke?

Updated: May 27, 2020
  • Author: Edward C Jauch, MD, MS, FAHA, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Answer

A focused medical history for patients with ischemic stroke aims to identify risk factors for atherosclerotic and cardiac disease, including the following (see Etiology):

  • Hypertension

  • Diabetes mellitus

  • Tobacco use

  • High cholesterol

  • History of coronary artery disease, coronary artery bypass, or atrial fibrillation


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