Published: 8 July 2021
Author(s): Andrea Ungar, Francesca Pescini, Martina Rafanelli, Maria Vittoria De Angelis, Massimiliano Faustino, Caterina Tomaselli, Alfredo Petrone, Giovanni Forleo, Giovanni Morani, Stefano Forlivesi, Giulio Molon, Alessandro Adami, Massimiliano Maines, Chiara Stegagno, Anna Poggesi, Leonardo Pantoni
Issue: October 2021

Despite extensive vascular and cardiological evaluations, the etiology of approximately one third of ischemic strokes cannot be definitively identified, resulting in their classification as cryptogenic stroke (CS) [1, 2]. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a major cause of ischemic stroke [3] and AF diagnosis in patients with CS is important to prompt oral anticoagulant (OAC) therapy initiation to prevent recurrence of events. However, since AF can be intermittent and asymptomatic, conventional short-term and sporadic electrocardiographic (ECG) monitoring strategies are frequently inconclusive [4, 5].


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