• 12-OCT-2015

  • SOURCE: American Heart Association

New Survey Finds Strokes of Unknown Cause Leave Patients in the Dark

Mary Ann Bauman, MD
New guide helps cryptogenic stroke patients to avoid frustration, anxiety

Every year, about 800,000 people have a stroke, of those about 200,000 are considered "cryptogenic" meaning the cause is undetermined.

About one in four strokes in the U.S. are "cryptogenic" meaning the cause is undetermined. Statistics show cryptogenic stroke patients have reason to be concerned: A prior stroke is the number one risk factor for a second stroke.

According to a new survey by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association more than 50 percent of stroke patients and family caregivers report feeling anxious and frustrated when the cause of stroke is not detected. The survey also reveals that only one in five patients receive information about their cryptogenic stroke at the time of diagnosis and seventy-percent receive it verbally, which makes it hard to remember.

To help ease patient frustration and anxiety, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, with the support of Medtronic, released the first patient guide as part of the Cryptogenic Stroke Initiative that includes information all in one place.