Spontaneous conversion of atrial fibrillation to normal sinus rhythm following recurrent cerebral infarctions

Kyungmi Oh, Jeong Yoon Choi, Byung Jo Kim

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    Abstract

    Post-stroke atrial fibrillation has been frequently reported especially in the patients with right insular infarct as an evidence of cerebrogenic mechanism affecting on cardiac rhythm. However, conversion to normal sinus rhythm after stroke in patients who had atrial fibrillation has not been reported. A 88-year-old men who had untreated atrial fibrillation was admitted to hospital due to left middle cerebral artery territory infarction. During admission, second ischemic attack occurred in right middle cerebral artery territory. At that time, his atrial fibrillation converted spontaneously to normal sinus rhythm. Restored sinus rhythm sustained until he died due to sepsis. This case is evidence supporting a theory that brain is associated with control of cardiac rhythm. If no risk factor is revealed by intensive investigation in patients with acute cerebral infarctions that cardioembolism is strongly suspected as a cause, physicians should concern transformation of atrial fibrillation to normal sinus rhythm after stroke.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)368-370
    Number of pages3
    JournalJournal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
    Volume53
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Keywords

    • Atrial fibrillation
    • Autonomic nervous system
    • Cerebral infarction

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Surgery
    • Neuroscience(all)
    • Clinical Neurology

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