Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
In Reply: In response to Dr Kida, Hart et al1 found female sex to be an independent predictor
of stroke in individuals with atrial fibrillation (adjusted relative risk
for stroke, 1.6 [P = .01]; and for disabling or fatal
stroke, 1.8 [P = .03]). Thus, their results are similar
to ours. These authors reported that the disparity in absolute rates of stroke
between women and men was smaller in the subgroup aged 75 years or older,
which may not be surprising given the lower event rates in younger individuals
and the sex-related differences in risk-factor burden.
Wang TJ, Massaro JM, Benjamin EJ. Age and Sex as Independent Risk Factors for Stroke Among Patients With Atrial Fibrillation—ReplyAge and Sex as Independent Risk Factors for Stroke Among Patients With Atrial Fibrillation—Reply. JAMA. 2003;290(22):2937. doi:10.1001/jama.290.22.2937-a