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Why women are more prone to suffer stroke decoded

IANS  |  New York 

Researchers have found that disproportionately affects women as compared to men due to factors such as fluctuations in naturally occurring levels, early age of and

According to the researchers, is a leading cause of disability that affects 55,000 more women than men each year.

"Many people don't realise that women suffer more frequently than men and mortality is much higher among women," of the study from Brigham and in the US.

"As women age, they are much more likely to have a stroke as a first manifestation of rather than heart attack," Rexrode added.

For the study, published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers delved into the scientific literature to investigate evidence about risk factors that are unique to women.

They explored the effects of potential risk factors such as levels, therapy, hormonal birth control, pregnancy and time of and

The research team found that fluctuations in naturally occurring hormone levels, adverse effects of supplemental hormones used as or to treat menopausal symptoms are some of the factors that can elevate stroke risk among women.

The team also noted that while many of these factors are extremely common, only a fraction of women who have one or more will have a stroke in their lifetimes.

"These women should be monitored carefully and they should be aware that they are at higher risk, and motivated to adhere to the healthiest lifestyle behaviours to decrease the risk of and subsequent stroke," Rexrode mentioned.



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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 19:18 IST