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What is source of cardiovascular embolus?

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Dr. Michael Zevitz
Internal medicine 37 years experience
Depends: Emboli occur when atherosclerotic plaques or plaques with thrombus formation break off and travel up stream in the flow through the heart and through the circulation to the head, abdomen or legs. These plaques or thrombi can originate in the left or right atrium of the heart, particularly in patients with atrial fibrillation. They can originate in the aorta or major arteries in the neck.
Dr. Shoaib Shafique
Vascular Surgery 34 years experience
Heart: With irregular heart beat emboli can originate from the heart. If there i irregular plaque in arteries that can also serve as source of emboli.

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