Admissions for ischemic stroke among younger adults in Kentucky: A comparison of appalachian and non-appalachian counties

Geneva O. Gehefer, Brandi M. White, Kit N. Simpson

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Abstract

Residents of Appalachian counties have worse health outcomes compared to non-Appalachian counties. It is unclear to what extent disparities exist for younger adults in this region who have experienced an ischemic stroke (IS). This study compared sociodemographic characteristics of younger adults (ages 20-64 yrs) who experienced an IS in Appalachian and non-Appalachian counties in Kentucky using the 2014 State Inpatient Database. Admissions were higher among Appalachian patients of lower income and Appalachian patients who resided in rural areas. Admissions were also higher among Appalachian patients with heart disease. These findings indicate sociodemographic differences may exist among younger adults admitted for IS in the Kentucky Appalachian region. These findings improve our understanding of how stroke is distributed among younger adults in Appalachia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E61-E64
JournalJournal of Allied Health
Volume48
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Partial data analytic support was provided through the CEDAR core funded by the Medical University of South Carolina's Office of the Provost. CEDAR is supported by the South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research (SCTR) Institute, with an academic home at the Medical University of South Carolina, through NIH NCATS grant no. UL1 TR001450.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, Wash., DC.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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