Risks of Stroke Recurrence and Mortality After First and Recurrent Strokes in Denmark: A Nationwide Registry Study

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Neurology. 2021 Nov 29:10.1212/WNL.0000000000013118. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000013118. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: To examine risks of stroke recurrence and mortality after first and recurrent stroke.

METHODS: Using Danish nationwide health registries, we included patients (age ≥18 years) with first-time ischemic stroke (N = 105,397) or intracerebral hemorrhage (N = 13,350) during 2004-2018. Accounting for the competing risk of death, absolute risks of stroke recurrence were computed separately for each stroke subtype and within strata of age groups, sex, stroke severity, body mass index, smoking, alcohol, the Essen stroke risk score, and atrial fibrillation. Mortality risks were computed after first and recurrent stroke.

RESULTS: After adjusting for competing risks, the overall 1-year and 10-year risks of recurrence were 4% and 13% following first-time ischemic stroke and 3% and 12% following first-time intracerebral hemorrhage. For ischemic stroke, the risk of recurrence increased with age, was higher for men and following mild than more severe stroke. The most marked differences were across Essen risk scores, for which recurrence risks increased with increasing scores. For intracerebral hemorrhage, risks were similar for both sexes and did not increase with Essen risk score. For ischemic stroke, the 1-year and 10-year risks of all-cause mortality were 17% and 56% after a first-time stroke and 25% and 70% after a recurrent stroke; corresponding estimates for intracerebral hemorrhage were 37% and 70% after a first-time event and 31% and 75% after a recurrent event.

CONCLUSION: The risk of stroke recurrence was substantial following both subtypes, but risks differed markedly among patient subgroups. The risk of mortality was higher after a recurrent than first-time stroke.

PMID:34845054 | DOI:10.1212/WNL.0000000000013118