Stroke treatment's gender gap

February 11, 2009 4:27:56 PM PST
A new study suggests there is a gender gap when it comes to treating strokes.

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The American Heart Association finds women are 14 percent less likely than men to receive optimal stroke care, such as the right drugs, and help stopping smoking.

Researchers also found that female stroke patients wait 11 percent longer to see a doctor.

That is because women are less likely to exhibit classic stroke symptoms, like numbness or trouble walking.

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