advertisement

Stroke

04 February 2011

Cerebral venous thrombosis strikes often

A rare form of stroke that involves veins instead of arteries occurs more often than thought, researchers claim. It's common in women who are pregnant, on oral contraceptives, and in people 45 and younger.

A rare form of stroke that involves veins instead of arteries occurs more often than thought, according to a new American Heart Association/American Stroke Association scientific statement.

But women who've suffered CVT have a low risk of complications during future pregnancies, according to the scientific statement.

  • Clinical suspicion of CVT.
  • MRI, or alternative imaging technique at hospitals/medical centres with fewer resources.
  • Confirm CVT.
  • Begin anticoagulation therapy (IV Heparin).
  • Continue anticoagulation therapy, lasting three to 12 months to a lifetime.

 

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.