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The burden of stroke is increasing around the world in both men and women. South Asia is home to 20% of the world’s population but harbors almost 80% of world strokes. Previously sex specific data on stroke incidence, prevalence, severity and mortality was not available. Now over recent years this aspect has received attention. A systematic review in 2009 concluded that although stroke in women is less common compared to men, it has a greater severity and case fatality. Although this kind of data is not available from Pakistan, some preliminary reports suggest that this might be the case in this country also. Despite being under-represented in hospital based stroke registries, there is evidence to suggest that we see higher age specific prevalence rates of stroke in Pakistani women.

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