Stroke in women

August 2, 2011

The incidence of stroke increases with age. Because the average life expectancy is higher in women, each year 40,000 more women develop strokes than men. The long-term survival after stroke is better in women than men. Women make up to 60% of total deaths from stroke. Black women have higher death rates from stroke (78.1%) compared with white women, most likely due to a higher incidence of and more severe hypertension. Therefore, early treatment of hypertension, diabetes, and dyslipidemia (abnormal fats in the blood)—the major risk factors for stroke—can have great impact on prevention of stroke at older age in women.

SEE ALSO: Acute myocardial infarction, Cholesterol, Coronary risk factors, Diabetes, Hormone replacement therapy, Hypertension, Oral contraception, Smoking, Stroke, Systemic lupus erythematosus, Venous thromboembolism

Category: Cardiovascular Disease