Women have more stroke risk factors than men
There are more risk factors for stroke in women than there are in men, according to new guidelines released by the American Heart Association (AHA).
The guidelines, aimed at preventing stroke in women, identify the following six risk factors: pregnancy, oral contraceptive use, pregnancy-related conditions (including high blood pressure and diabetes) and hormones (including post-menopausal hormone therapy and changes in hormonal status).
The AHA’s guidelines also offer treatment recommendations for stroke—the third leading cause of death among women. Experts said women should be aware of stroke risk and treat those risks early to prevent stroke later on in life. Additionally, since pregnancy is one of the biggest risk factors for stroke in women, it is important that a woman tell her doctor if she has experienced any health complications during pregnancy.
Other stroke risk factors in women and men include obesity, smoking and an inactive lifestyle. The guidelines are currently online and will be published in the May issue of the journal Stroke.