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New study shows women struggle with stroke recovery more

A new study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is shedding light on another aspect of stroke recovery. This study breaks down along gender lines.

According to CBS News website, research shows that women, more often than men, struggle with stroke recovery for an extended period of time. Dr. Cheryl Bushnell's, senior author of the study, team compared quality of life for some 1,300 stroke patients at three months and 12 months. At the three month mark, women were more likely than men to complain of pain and discomfort, anxiety and depression, and trouble with mobility. At 12 months, women still had lower quality of life than men, but the difference was less pronounced. "Women had a worse quality of life than men up to 12 months after a stroke," Bushnell says.

She says that these findings could help doctors in treating stroke patients, to help them regain mobility and other function. For more information on this study, visit its page on

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