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Study Finds Women Less Likely Than Men To Receive Timely Care For Ischemic Stroke

Jessica Yang

HOUSTON, TX - Researchers at Houston's The University of Texas Health Science Center found that women are may be less likely than men to get appropriate treatment for emergent large vessels occlusion known as ELVO ischemic stroke. The "Women with Large Vessel Occlusion Acute Ischemic Stroke Are Less Likely to Be Routed to Comprehensive Stroke Centers" study was presented at the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery's 18th Annual Meeting on Wednesday, July 29.

ELVO stroke is caused by a clot that blocks a large vessel in the brain. This clot cuts off significant blood flow. A minimally invasive surgery that uses a catheter to reopen blocked arteries in the brain, or thrombectomy, is known as the most effective treatment to help prevent long-term disability from this stroke in patients.

However, thrombectomy can only be performed by the expertise at the comprehensive stroke centers, and other treatment not available at primary stroke centers.

According to Muhammad Tariq, MD, the author of the study and a neurology resident with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, found that many women are suffering from ELVO. Unfortunately, they are not sent to a comprehensive stroke center where they can get appropriate treatment. He also noted that these patients should be routed to a comprehensive stroke center to get treated by a team that specializes in treating stroke and preventing further damage.

In their study, Tariq and his team examined data from 10 stroke centers to determine which ELVO patients were routed to comprehensive stroke centers to get more appropriate treatment.

Apparently, out of the 490 ELVO patients, nearly half (46%) is made up of women, and almost 11% were less likely to be routed to a comprehensive stroke center, while 90% of men with ELVO were sent to these centers.

Tariq hopes with his presentation about the study's results, they can help providers to understand that they need to need to work bridge the gender inequality in healthcare.

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