Prognostic usefulness of left ventricular thrombus by echocardiography in dilated cardiomyopathy in predicting stroke, transient ischemic attack, and death.

@article{Crawford2004PrognosticUO,
  title={Prognostic usefulness of left ventricular thrombus by echocardiography in dilated cardiomyopathy in predicting stroke, transient ischemic attack, and death.},
  author={Thomas Christopher Crawford and William H T Smith and Eric Jose Velazquez and Steve M. Taylor and James G. Jollis and Joseph Kisslo},
  journal={The American journal of cardiology},
  year={2004},
  volume={93 4},
  pages={500-3}
}
Echocardiograms of 290 patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (ejection fraction < or =35%) were reviewed for the presence of left ventricular (LV) apical abnormalities; outcomes of stroke and death were then correlated with the presence of LV thrombus. During a follow-up of 31 months, 15 patients had a stroke or transient ischemic attack after the index echocardiogram (5.2%). Patients with LV thrombus on echocardiography had a significantly higher rate of stroke (adjusted odds ratio 3.4, p = 0… CONTINUE READING
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