• SOURCE: American Heart Association

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



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ANCHOR LEAD: Every year, about 800,000 Americans have a stroke. Of those, about 200,000 are considered “cryptogenic.” Brian Osuch has more on what that means and a guide that can help. (:60) SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I’m Brian Osuch. A stroke is labeled cryptogenic when the cause is undetermined after extensive testing. A new survey by the American Stroke Association reveals that only one in five patients receive information about cryptogenic strokes at the time of their diagnosis, and many patients feel anxious when the cause is not detected. Dr. Mary Ann Bauman… CUT: (Dr. Bauman) It’s frustrating and scary if you don’t know what caused a stroke because you don’t know how to avoid another one. That’s why the patient support tool is so important to understand the signs of a stroke, what treatments are done and how to avoid the next one by making the right lifestyle changes. SCRIPT: The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association with support from Medtronic, recently released the first cryptogenic stroke patient guide. CUT: (Dr. Bauman) We have created a patient support tool that really explains what causes a stroke, what you can do to avoid it, what is a cryptogenic stroke, what kinds of evaluations are done. So, it’s a great tool to help patients and also doctors to understand this. SCRIPT: For information, go to StrokeAssociation.org/CS. That’s Newsbreak from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
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