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Women More At Risk of Stroke


Study finds that the stroke rate has dropped significantly for men, but not for women.

Good news about men regarding the rate at which strokes occur is raising questions about women.

In a study led by Tracy Madsen, MD RES’12 F’14 MPH’14, an assistant professor of emergency medicine, men showed considerable improvement in their stroke risk between 1993 and 2010, but women did not show a statistically significant drop.

In the journal Neurology, Madsen and colleagues analyzed data on strokes occurring in a population of 1.3 million people age 20 or older living in a five-county area of southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky. For men, the rate dropped from 263 strokes per 100,000 to 192 per 100,000 over the study period. Among women, the rate decreased from 217 strokes per 100,000 to 198 per 100,000, which is not a statistically significant difference.

In an American Academy of Neurology news story about the study, Madsen says the data do not explain why men have shown such improvement while women have not.

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