Congenital Heart Disease

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Feb 27, 2020

Assessing and Managing Stroke Risk in Adult Congenital Heart Disease

By Naser M. Ammash, MD, @naserammash

2020-03-06 McLeodandAmmash

In the following video, Christopher McLeod, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D. and Naser Ammash, M.D.  discuss how to approach stroke risk in Adult Congenital Heart Disease patients.

Dr. Ammash details the stroke risk in CHD patients with the risk 6-8 percent higher in women and 8-9 percent in men, with some conditions featuring extremely high risks.

They also touch on how irregular heart beats and heart failure are the most severe risk factors, with age playing a role as well, noting the special cases of Eisenmenger Syndrome patients and how that increases risk factors.

Tools for risk stratification are explained, leading into an in depth discussion into all aspects of treatment with anti-coagulants.

Lastly, they cover important guidelines to follow while carrying for the patients.

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