J Korean Geriatr Psychiatry.  2011 Jun;15(1):7-12.

Relationship Between Anxiety and Stroke Warning Signs in the Elderly

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea. antiaging@ajou.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea.
  • 3Institute on Aging, Ajou University Medical Center, Suwon, Korea.
  • 4Department of Psychiatry, National Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
  • 5Memory Impairment Center, Ajou University Hospital, Suwon, Korea.

Abstract


OBJECTIVES
We aimed to investigate the relationship between anxiety and stroke warning signs in the elderly.
METHODS
Data obtained from 1,078 subjects (256 men and 822 women) aged above 65 years was analyzed from Suwon Project, which was a cohort comprising of nonrandom convenience samples. All the subjects completed the study questionnaire including their demographic characteristics, history of current and past illnesses, drug history, Korean version-Mini Mental State Examination (K-MMSE), SGDS-K (Korean version of the Geriatric Depression Scale-Short Form), BAI (Beck Anxiety Inventory). Stroke warning signs were defined as 5 stroke warning signs consistent with the American heart association public health message.
RESULTS
There was significant relationship of anxiety and the number of stroke warning signs after adjusting age, sex, educational level and depression (beta=2.145, p<0.0001). On analysis of covariance, the interaction of the number of experienced stroke warning signs with sex on anxiety was observed after adjusting for the age, educational level, K-MMSE, and SGDS-K (p=0.011).
CONCLUSION
These results suggest that there was significant relationship of anxiety and stroke the elderly.

Keyword

Anxiety; Stroke warning signs; Elderly
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