Stroke Deaths and The Link with Gender Inequality

For a variety of reasons, the prevalence of stroke is higher in women than it is in men. Globally, the highest burden of stroke lies with women in low- and middle-income countries. A new study in Lancet looked at whether stroke outcomes varied in countries with more or less gender inequality.


1. GBD 2013 Mortality and Causes of Death Collaborators. Global, regional, and national age-sex specific all-cause and cause-specific mortality for 240 causes of death, 1990–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. Lancet. 2015;385:117–171.2.Kim YD, Jung YH, Caso V, et al. Countries with women inequalities have higher stroke mortality. Int J Stroke. 2017;12:869-874.

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Lack of domestic violence legislation. . . inequalities in getting a job. . . inability to open a bank account and to own property: all are linked to a higher prevalence of stroke in women.

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