Michael A. Sloan, MD; Steven J. Kittner, MD, MPH; Steven R. Levine, MD
To the Editors: Kaku and Lowenstein (1) recently reported that the estimated relative risk for stroke among young recreational drug users compared with nondrug users was 6.5 overall and was 11.2 in patients less than 35 years of age. These figures are striking, particularly when they are compared with the relative risk for stroke associated with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation and hypertension in older adults. This case-control study is an important contribution to the literature. We would like to mention several points that future research in this area should consider.
Because the prevalence of drug use may vary widely among different
Sloan MA, Kittner SJ, Levine SR. Recreational Drug Use and Stroke. Ann Intern Med. ;114:605. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-114-7-605_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;114(7):605.
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