Stroke risk dropping in men, remains steady in women

The incidence of stroke is declining in men but not women, a recent study suggests.

The New York Times summarized the study, which was published online Aug. 9 in Neurology.

Stroke incidence was studied in four periods from 1993 to 2010 in five counties in Ohio and Kentucky. Pulling data from 7,710 strokes, researchers found stroke incidence in men had decreased to 192 per 100,000 men in 2010, down from 263 at the start of the study. The stroke incidence for women decreased to 198 per hundred thousand from 217, a statistically insignificant change.

“Maybe we’re not controlling risk factors to the same extent in women,” said lead author Tracy E. Masden, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Brown. “Or maybe there’s a biological difference in the way these risk factors cause strokes in men versus women.”

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