Strokes due to cardiogenic embolism are caused by emboli (blood clots that that develop in the heart and then break away to travel in the bloodstream). The embolus travels through the blood and becomes lodged in a small artery in the brain.
Reviewed By: Joseph V. Campellone, MD, Department of Neurology, Cooper Medical School at Rowan University, Camden, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.