Valvular strands, well-delineated filiform masses, attached to cardiac valve edges are associated with cerebral
embolism and stroke. Strokes, caused by emboli from valvular strands, tend to occur among younger persons.
In this case report a valvular strand, giving a peculiar serpentine appearance to the mitral valve is described. This
mitral valvular strand was the only explanation for an episode of cerebral embolism, presenting with a transient
right sided hemiparesis.
It is proposed that a randomized study involving combined treatment with aspirin and clopidogrel is warranted in
young patients with valvular strands, presenting with a first episode of cerebral embolism.