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Older Women and Stroke Risk

Wednesday, 11 July 2012 12:01 PM

It has been suggested that elderly women with the heartbeat irregularity known as atrial fibrillation (AF) are at a higher risk of stroke because they are less likely to be taking an anticoagulant that can reduce blood clots.

Researchers at the McGill University Health Center in Montreal decided to test this theory by analyzing the records of 39,390 men and 44,115 women hospitalized with newly diagnosed AF. They analyzed risk factors, stroke rates, and whether or not the patients had been put on the anticoagulant warfarin.

The researchers found that even for the women who were actually more likely to be taking warfarin, their stroke rate was still 14 percent higher than the men.

In the study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in May, the researchers said it is still unknown why elderly women are at higher risk of stroke than elderly men, but they need to be strongly targeted for anti-stroke therapies other than warfarin.

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