Young women at higher risk of stroke than male peers: study

Having a better understanding of female risk factors is needed to improve prevention, researchers say

Young women are more likely to have an ischaemic stroke than young men despite having fewer traditional cardiovascular risk factors, US researchers say.

However, this sex difference flips as patients get older, with the prevalence of stroke significantly higher in males aged between 45 and 74, the retrospective cohort study shows.

The University of Colorado-led team analysed data from a 10% random sample of 5.8 million insured enrollees in a nationally representative claims database between 2001 and 2014 to assess sex differences in the