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Juvela S

Prevalence and risk factors in spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage and aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage

Arch Neurol (Aug) 53:734-730 1996

Risk factors for stroke include hypertension, anticoagulant therapy, and alcohol ingestion. Juvela et al, in a small study of patients admitted to a university hospital ER analyzed risk factors associated with patients hospitalized for hemorrhagic stroke. The twist of this study was, that intracerebral and subarachnoid bleeding were analyzed separately and found to have different risk factors. Briefly, cigarette smoking was associated with subarachnoid hemorrhage, whereas hypertension, diabetes, anticoagulant treatment and alcohol intake were associated with IC hemorrhage.

Comment: It seems that the sample size is really too small in this study to study and compare risk factors meaningfully among these two types of hemorrhagic "stroke"; however, the data are interesting. (jtd)

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