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Why Women Have a Greater Stroke Risk Than Men

Just a few years ago, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association published new guidelines recognizing that women have a greater risk of stroke than men. In fact, an estimated one in five women will suffer a stroke, according to AHA data. “There are a few specific risk factors that have been identified as putting women at a greater risk for stroke than men,” says Sandy Hoelzel, Stroke Coordinator for Presence Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago. “Pregnancy, birth control medication and atrial fibrillation are three of the biggest.” Pregnancy According to the...

Why Women Have a Greater Stroke Risk Than Men
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