Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Women Slighted In Stroke Follow-up

A puzzling fact: although the stroke rate is lower among women than man, 62% of all stroke related deaths in the US are women. Why? A recent study suggests that it may be because of differences in diagnostic testing of stroke victims following an initial stroke.

In a study led by Melinda A. Smith Cox, M.P.H. at the University of Michigan, research found that wome who suffer strokes are less likely to receive follow up diagnostic tests. Following a stroke, women are:
  • 43% less likely to have a cartoid artery exam
  • 36% less likely to have an echocardiogram

Source: medpage today: Teaching Brief: Female Stroke Patients Slighted In Follow-up Studies, by Katrina Woznicki

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