U.S. group issues stroke prevention guidelines just for women

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) – While stroke is common in both men and women, guidelines released on Thursday for the first time address factors such as pregnancy, birth control pills and menopause that put women at particular risk for the deadly condition. Issued by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, the guidelines are designed to help doctors and patients recognize stroke risk factors early, when there is time to act. “If you are a woman, you share many of the same risk factors for stroke with men, but your risk is also influenced by hormones, reproductive health, pregnancy, childbirth and other sex-related factors,” said Dr Cheryl Bushnell, author of the new scientific statement published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. According to the report, stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in men and the third-leading cause of death in women.
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