The risk of ischemic stroke was highest during the first four weeks after an infective endocarditis diagnosis, and it was lower in patients on anticoagulation, according to the Danish registry study.

There is an increased risk of ischemic stroke for up to two years after a hospitalization for infective endocarditis, a new study found.

The study used the Danish national registry to identify 9,312 patients who had a first case of left-sided infective endocarditis from 1977 to 2015. They were compared to 91,996 matched controls who did not have infective endocarditis, and all were followed for up to 38.5 years. Results were published by Clinical Infectious Diseases on April 27.

 

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