Stressed Spousal Caregivers May Face Higher Risk Of Stroke, Research Suggests

MedPage Today (3/9, Phend) reports that research indicated “caregivers feeling strained by their duties for a spouse were more likely to suffer strokes.” Investigators found that “spousal caregivers who reported being under moderate or severe strain had a 5.1% rate of incident stroke, compared with 2.6% among propensity-matched people who were not caregivers.” Meanwhile, “high strain overall among caregivers, regardless of relationships to the family member cared for, showed a nearly identical hazard ratio, but it fell just short of statistical significance.” The findings were presented at the Epidemiology and Prevention and Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions meeting.

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— “Stressed Spouse Caregivers at Higher Stroke Risk,” Crystal Phend, MedPage Today, March 9, 2016.

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