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Recognize the Unique Risk of Stroke in Women

Stroke later became a disease that lurked women. This disease affects more women than men in the United States. And a new study shows that stroke risk factors are unique to women.

"Many people don't realize that women experience strokes more often than men, and the mortality rate is much higher among women when they have a stroke," study author Dr. Kathryn Rexrode.

Recognize the Unique Risk of Stroke in Women
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"With increasing age, women are far more likely to have a stroke as the first manifestation of cardiovascular disease than a heart attack," Rexrode added, who works at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Now the researchers conducted a study to understand this vulnerability. "Why are more women affected by stroke than men? What factors contribute and disproportionately increase women's risk?" this is the question that is being tried through research.

Data shows that strokes affect 55,000 more women than men every year in the United States. This disease is a major cause of disability and contributes to the number three death for women.

The Rexrode team analyzed the scientific literature and identified several factors that increase the risk of stroke in women, namely: Menstruation before age 10, menopause before age 45, low hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEAS), and use of contraceptive pills.

A history of pregnancy complications can also indicate a higher risk of stroke. These problems include gestational diabetes and high blood pressure during or immediately after pregnancy, researchers say.

Some of these risk factors are common, and the researchers emphasize that only a few women have one or more who suffer a stroke. However, they said it was important for doctors and health workers to be aware of an increased risk of stroke in women.

"Women should be monitored carefully and they should be aware that high-risk, and are motivated to comply with lifestyle behaviors most healthy to reduce the risk of hypertension (high blood pressure) and subsequent stroke," said Rexrode in a paper published in the journal Stroke, February 8, 2018.
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