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Prevalence of alcohol consumption in ischemic stroke patients
Health Care Center of Bačka Palanka, Bačka Palanka, Serbia
Risk factors for ischemic brain disease can be classified into modifiable and non-modifiable. Among others, modifiable risk factors include the alcohol consumption. Our aim was to determine the prevalence of alcohol consumption in ischemic stroke patients aged 15-45 and 46-75 years, and to compare the two age groups with regard to this risk factor.
The study sample comprised a total of 120 male and female ischemic stroke patients, and were divided into two groups - one with 60 patients aged 15-45 years and the other with 60 patients aged 46-75 years, treated at the Clinic for Neurology of the Clinical Centre of Vojvodina, Novi Sad in the period 2005-2008. All the patients fulfilled the clinical and radiological criteria for the diagnosis of ischemic stroke.
The risk factor studied was alcohol consumption (over 60g/days).
In the younger study group, alcohol consumption was found in 16,9% of the subjects. In the older study group, alcohol consumption was present in 26,7% of the subjects. In both groups (120 patients), alcohol consumption was found in 21,7% of patients.
The results of our study indicate that alcohol consumption as a risk factor for ischemic stroke was prevalent in the older ischemic stroke patients; however, the difference was not statistically significant. Acta Medica Medianae 2012;51(2):5-10.
Key words: alcohol, ischemic stroke, stroke