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How Stroke Can Affect Women - National Women's Health Week

Stroke can happen to anyone at any age. However, stroke disproportionately affects women -- affecting more than one in five women. Additionally, stroke is one of the leading causes of death in women.

Why is this the case? Unlike men, women can have higher risks for stroke at different stages of life. For example, the risk of stroke is higher during pregnancy. Then as women’s bodies adapt to menopause, stroke risk increases again. As women age, they become incredibly vulnerable to stroke with the potential for severe effects and poor outcomes.

The good news is that most strokes can be prevented. Here are some tips:

  • Evaluate your risk factors for stroke. Many risk factors are controllable and treatable. It’s ESSENTIAL to understand your risk.
  • High blood pressure is the #1 preventable cause of stroke. Know your blood pressure and work with your physician to keep it in a healthy range.

Schedule an appointment with your primary care provider to discuss your risk for stroke and develop a care plan. Find a physician near you at

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