Stroke risk in poliomyelitis survivors: A nationwide population-based study

Chien Hua Wu, Tsan Hon Liou, Hung Hsin Chen, Tien Yu Sun, Kai Hui Chen, Kwang Hwa Chang

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Wu C-H, Liou T-H, Chen H-H, Sun T-Y, Chen K-H, Chang K-H. Stroke risk in poliomyelitis survivors: a nationwide population-based study. Objectives: To assess the prevalence and risk of stroke among adults with polio and controls. Design: A prospective, probability-sampling, 6-year population-based cohort study. Setting: A National Health Insurance Research Database consisting of 316,355 randomly selected enrollees. The database is related to a National Health Insurance program with more than 22 million participants. Participants: After excluding patients under 40 years of age, polio patients (N=212) (mean age ± SD, 54.0±10.2y; 57.1% men) were identified from the database from January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2008. For each polio patient, 2 age- and sex-matched patients were recruited as controls. Control patients did not have any neuromuscular diseases commonly found in childhood. The frequencies of patients with potential risk factors for stroke were assessed. Intervention: None. Main Outcome Measure: The prevalence and the adjusted odds ratio of ischemic stroke among polio patients and the controls were estimated. Results: Polio patients had a higher prevalence of stroke (10.8% vs 2.4%, P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2184-2188
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


  • Hypertension
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Prevalence
  • Rehabilitation
  • Risk
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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