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WSC 2022 | Common causes of stroke in men and women

Christine Kremer, MD, Skåne University Hospital, Lund University, Malmö, Sweden, shares an overview of sex differences in stroke epidemiology. The overall incidence of stroke remains higher among men than women, although this differs based on the age group in question. In older patients and patients under 30, women are at greater risk of stroke than men, but men are more at risk of stroke during midlife. The use of oral contraceptive pills is associated with stroke in young women, as well as pregnancy. Stroke is more likely to be the first manifestation of cardiovascular disease in older women, whereas in men, coronary heart disease is more common. Stroke severity also differs by gender, with women facing a disproportionate burden of mortality and lasting disability. This interview took place at the World Stroke Congress 2022 in Singapore.

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