Stressful life events as triggers of ischemic stroke: a case-crossover study

Onlinelibrary.wiley.com: 5/9/12.

Consecutive patients were interviewed about life events exposure (e.g. bereavement) using the Interview for Recent Life Events. Using a case-crossover approach, life events exposure within one month of stroke onset (hazard period) was compared with exposure during five control periods of one month preceding the hazard period. Similarly, life events exposure within one week of stroke onset was compared with exposure during three control periods of one week. Odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals were calculated using conditional logistic regression. Read more