Unique Risk Factors that Increase the Risk of Stroke in Women

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in women, and stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer.  Stroke affects more women than men each year and the mortality is much higher for women, so it is important to understand the unique risk factors that increase a woman’s risk of stroke. As part of a special issue of the journal Stroke, investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston reviewed the risk factors for stroke that are specific to women including; hormone levels, hormone therapy, hormone birth control, pregnancy, the age of menarche and the age of menopause.1

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