Cardiomyopathies as a potential cause of ischemic stroke

Takeaway

  • Cardiomyopathies, though rare, are a possible cause of acute ischemic stroke and can be determined through cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR).

Why this matters

  • Cardiomyopathies may be a cause of ischemic stroke in adults, but echocardiography may not accurately diagnose the condition.

  • Understanding the contribution of cardiomyopathies to ischemic stroke, and how to better diagnose them, will encourage earlier management and potentially improved outcomes.