Compared to men, women stroke patients receive less imaging evaluation
Previous studies found that there are gender differences in stroke risk factors, incidence, treatment and in how stroke survivors fare mentally and physically.
Roughly 140,000 Americans die from stroke each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the American Stroke Association, women suffer from and die from more strokes than men.
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;
- 8 percent less likelihood of having echocardiography.
- 8 percent less likelihood of being monitored for heart-rhythm irregularities; and
- 10 percent less likelihood of having cervical vessel imaging;
Compared to male stroke survivors, the researchers found female stroke survivors were six percent less likely to have intracranial vessel imaging, 10 percent less likely to have cervical vessel imaging, eight percent less likely to be monitored for heart-rhythm irregularities and eight percent less likely to have an echocardiogram.
The research will be presented at the conference on Wednesday, Feb. 6, according to the release