which conditions can cause an embolytic stroke?
atrial fibrillation- abnormal rhythm of the heart causes blood to remain in the atrium of the heart which can clot and can break off and travel to the brain. 15% of all embolytic strokes
At the site of artificial heart valves or as a result of heart valve disorders
After a heart attack or heart failure as a result of areas of the ventricles that do not move properly, allowing blood to stagnate and clot
From fat particles, tumor cells, or air bubbles that travel through the bloodstream. This type of emboli is rare.