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Stroke and Atrial Fibrillation: On the Delicate Matter of Introducing and Re-Introducing Anticoagulation

by George Kaponides, Clinical Professor of Neurology, Department of Basic and Clinical Sciences, University of Nicosia Medical School.

Introduction by Theodoros Kyriakides, Professor of Neurology, UNIC Medical School.

Stroke is a common medical emergency that often needs treatment with anticoagulation, especially if the cause is atrial fibrillation. Introducing treatment is not a simple matter.  There is always a risk for hemorrhagic complications following the stroke. Furthermore, patients who have suffered hemorrhagic stroke may still need to return to treatment with anticoagulants.  The decision of when and how to reintroduce this medication is discussed.


George Kaponides is Co-Chair of the Department of Basic & Clinical Sciences and Clinical Professor of Neurology at the University of Nicosia Medical School.

Prof Kaponides graduated from the Medical Faculty of the Karolinska Institute and specialised in Neurology at the Karolinska University Hospital, both in Stockholm, Sweden.

He has a special interest in Cerebrovascular neurology, Traumatic brain injury, Neurorehabilitation, Multiple Sclerosis, Post-polio syndrome and Botulinum toxin treatment for neurological conditions.

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