Unequal Access to Treatment With Intravenous Alteplase for Women With Acute Ischemic Stroke

STROKEAHA:  July 25, 2013

Background and Purpose—A recent meta-analysis showed that women with acute ischemic stroke are less likely to receive treatment with intravenous alteplase than men. The aim of this study was to assess sex differences in treatment with intravenous alteplase and to explore the reasons for these differences.

Methods—We analyzed data from the Promoting Acute Thrombolysis for Ischaemic Stroke (PRACTISE) study. We applied a multiple logistic regression model and expressed the association between sex and treatment with an age-adjusted odds ratio with 95% confidence interval. Read more