-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Married men with stroke
symptoms are quicker to call for emergency help than married women,
a new study finds.
Researchers reviewed data from 91 patients with stroke symptoms
who were brought by emergency medical services (EMS) to the Mayo
Clinic Hospital in Phoenix during a seven-month period ending June
The average age of the patients was 76. About half were married
and half were single.
The results showed that married men called EMS within 26 minutes
of the start of stroke symptoms, compared to an average of 72
minutes for married women. Single men also called EMS earlier than
single women, but the difference was not statistically
Overall, married patients called EMS more quickly than single
patients, but the difference was not significant, the researchers
The study was to be presented Thursday at the American Stroke
Association meeting New Orleans.
The researchers plan to conduct a future study to examine why
married men with stroke symptoms call EMS sooner than married
Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data
and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in
a peer-reviewed journal.
The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
has more about
stroke risk factors and symptoms.
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