Women do better post-stroke, researchers say

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Women have a better chance of surviving a stroke and have a tendency to live longer after a stroke than men do, according to a recent report out of Denmark.

Nearly 40,000 patient cases were studied over five years and "except for the period between 30 and 60 days after stroke, mortality is markedly lower in female stroke survivors," authors wrote.

Although at first glance the data seemed to indicate that men had a higher likelihood of survival, after adjusting the data analysis to include factors such as age, stroke severity and subtype and cardiovascular risk, it became clear to researchers that women had the higher rate of survival.

 

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