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Sunday, 9 December 2012

L'Amour, carotid and stroke

As cinema, Michael Haneke's l'Amour is a human drama about the effect of illness on family (partner and next generation), the reality of managing a progressively failing spouse at home, challenges of involving carers, perspectives of young protégé, of emergency services, of remote relatives ...
A subtext is personalising the question:why stroke(s) in this slim elderly woman, the mystery of the transient cerebral ischaemic attack - micro-emboli? transient local clot on a narrow artery? ...
And the human impact of the dilemma:what to do about severe carotid disease and minimising risk of surgery?

See recent blog on predicting and suppressing cerebral micro-emboli in patients with carotid disease.

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