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CONy 2023 | Gender differences in stroke care

Christine Kremer, MD, Skåne University Hospital, Lund University, Malmö, Sweden, describes the differences in stroke incidence, outcome, delivery, and treatment response between men and women. The differences start as early as the recognition of stroke symptoms; women have more stroke mimics and less focused stroke symptoms, which increases the chances of missing symptoms and delays the diagnosis of stroke and access to acute treatment. Indeed, studies have shown that women receive intravenous thrombolysis later than men and have worse outcomes. Importantly, comorbidities in women play a more significant role than in men, which adds to worse outcomes. Therefore, to offer women and men the same access to stroke care, clinicians must be aware of the differences between stroke in women and men. This interview took place at the 17th World Congress on Controversies in Neurology (CONy) in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

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