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CONy 2023 | Do women get the same access to stroke care as men?

Anita Arsovska, MD, PhD, University of Ss Cyril and Methodius, Medical Faculty, Skopje, Macedonia, describes differences in stroke care between women and men. Women are, on average older, have more comorbidities, have a higher pre-stroke disability, and live alone more often. There are also important sex-related differences concerning stroke etiology and stroke subtypes. Endogenous and exogenous hormone imbalances (e.g., due to oral contraception), as well as pregnancy-related changes in pathophysiology, are stroke risk factors unique to women. Therefore, it is essential to be aware of the overall functional status of women compared to men. This interview took place at the 17th World Congress on Controversies in Neurology (CONy) in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

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