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Objective: The incidence of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) ranges from 4 to 10 per 100,000 person-years in most countries, and 30-day case fatality is high. The aim of this study was to estimate the incidence and case fatality of aSAH and to assess preictal predictors of survival in 2 large Norwegian population-based cohort studies. Methods: A total of 94,976 adults (≥20 years) in the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study and 31,753 participants (aged ≥20 years) in the Tromsø Study were included. During follow-up, aSAHs were identified, incidence rates were estimated, and predictors of survival were assessed using Cox and Poisson regression analysis. Results: A total of 214 patients with aSAH were identified during 2,077,927 person-years of follow-up from 1984 to 2007. The incidence rate was 10.3 per 100,000 person-years: 13.3 for women and 7.1 for men. The incidence increased by 2% (95% confidence interval [CI] 0–4) per 5-year time period. Case fatality at 3, 7, and 30 days was 20%, 24%, and 36%. Thirty-day case fatality remained stable during follow-up (odds ratio 1.01, 95% CI 0.97–1.06 per year). Never smokers had poorer survival after aSAH than current and former smokers combined (hazard ratio 1.6, 95% CI 0.9–2.9). Conclusions: The slight increase in incidence of aSAH over time may be explained by differences in diagnostic procedures. Case fatality remained stable during 23 years of follow-up.


Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

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