Presentation and outcome differences based on sex after minor ischemic cerebrovascular events

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  • Despite presenting similarly, women were less likely than men to receive a diagnosis of cerebral ischemia, leading to potentially missed opportunities for prevention of future vascular events.

Why this matters

  • Women are less likely to receive a diagnosis of cerebral ischemia then men, less likely to report typical stroke symptoms, receive a lower quality of stroke care, and are more likely to have increased disability and poorer quality of life post stroke.

  • A study characterizing stroke presentation and outcomes in women versus men will provide clinicians with guidance regarding diagnosis and minimizing future risks.

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