Classifying covert brain infarcts and assessment of subsequent risk of stroke or death

Takeaway

  • Smaller and noneloquent right-sided brain infarcts are more likely to be covert, whereas larger and brain stem infarcts are more likely to present as clinical stroke. Additionally, the certain subtypes of covert brain infarcts (CBIs), such as those related to intracranial large artery atherosclerosis, had a high risk of adverse vascular outcomes.

Why this matters

    Classification of CBI subtypes may help identify those at high risk of adverse vascular outcomes such as stroke or death and guide a treatment approach to prevent risk of infarct recurrence.