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Women less likely to receive specialized medical evaluations after stroke

American Stroke Association News Brief - Poster WMP66, Session MP6

American Heart Association

DALLAS, Jan. 30, 2019 -- Hospitalized women with ischemic stroke were less likely than men to be evaluated by stroke specialists and get specialized diagnostic tests, according to preliminary research to be presented in Honolulu at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2019, a world premier meeting for researchers and clinicians dedicated to the science and treatment of cerebrovascular disease.

Previous studies found that there are gender differences in stroke risk factors, incidence, treatment and in how stroke survivors fare mentally and physically.

In this study of nearly 67,000 ischemic stroke survivors drawn from a nationally representative sample of Medicare beneficiaries, researchers examined whether there were gender differences in hospital evaluation after stroke.

They found small but notable differences, suggesting women hospitalized with stroke were less likely than men to see stroke specialists and receive imaging and other tests to diagnose stroke.

Female stroke survivors had a:

    * 6 percent less likelihood of having intracranial vessel imaging;

    * 10 percent less likelihood of having cervical vessel imaging;

    * 8 percent less likelihood of being monitored for heart-rhythm irregularities; and

    * 8 percent less likelihood of having echocardiography.

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The Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute and Weill Cornell Department of Neurology funded the study.

Samuel S. Bruce, M.D., M.A., first year neurology resident, New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell, New York, N.Y

Note: Scientific presentation is 5:55 p.m. HT/10:55 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019.

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