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MRI for Stroke Prevention

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be an effective screening test for preventing ischemic stroke in people with atherosclerosis. A study published in Circulation found that high-resolution MRI scans of the carotid arteries can detect ruptured fibrous caps within fatty deposits on the arterial wall. Previous research has shown that strokes are more likely when such ruptures are present. If these findings are confirmed, MRI scans may soon be routinely used to identify high-risk patients who should consider undergoing carotid endarterectomy.

 

From The Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50, May 2002.


 


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2005
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Hypertension & Stroke

The Hypertension & Stroke White Paper from The Johns Hopkins White Papers series is an annual, in-depth report written by Hopkins physicians.


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Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50
Keep abreast of the latest medical news with the nation's leading health newsletter for people over 50.

 

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