Lower rates of intervention for symptomatic carotid stenosis in women than in men reflect differences in disease incidence: a population-based study.
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Although there is little sex difference in the age-specific incidence of transient ischemic attack (TIA) and stroke, substantially more men than women undergo endarterectomy/stenting for symptomatic carotid stenosis. Sexism in referral for investigation or intervention has been proposed as an explanation; however, a lower incidence of carotid disease in women or reluctance to undergo intervention might also be responsible. METHODS: We determined the sex-specific incid...Expand abstract
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