A multitude of infectious agents are recognized as contributing to stroke, both directly and indirectly. Cerebral vasculopathy due to direct invasion by infectious agents, meningitis, enhanced platelet aggregation due to acute systemic infection, infection-provoked cardiac arrhythmias, dehydration-induced thrombosis, and chronic inflammation due to infectious burden are all proposed mechanisms of stroke pathogenesis in connection with infection. Nijasri Suwanwela, MD, Chulalongkorn Comprehensive Stroke Center, King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand, discusses several of the more common infectious pathogens that have been associated with increased risk of strokes or have a direct causal role. More research is needed to deepen our understanding of the complex interactions between infection and stroke. This interview took place at the World Stroke Congress 2022 in Singapore.
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