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World Stroke Day highlights impact of strokes on women

A survey carried out by the Stroke Association showed that one in eight women within the United Kingdom believe that a stroke could never happen to them. In fact, over 30,000 women a year die from having a stroke, and the condition is the third leading cause of death in women in the UK.

“It is extremely worrying that most women don’t even have stroke on their radar. We know that women’s stroke risk significantly increases as they get older, and one in five women will have a stroke in their lifetime. This should serve as a wake-up call to women of all ages to be aware and better informed of the steps they can take to reduce their stroke risk. Simple lifestyle changes such as keeping blood pressure under control, exercising regularly and stopping smoking could all significantly lower women’s likelihood of having a stroke.” Stated Elaine Roberts, the director of Life After Stroke Services within the Stroke Association.

The charity’s latest survey also uncovered popular misconceptions and myths about stroke amongst women. They surveyed over 2,000 adult women to discover that over 75% of women didn’t know that stroke is one of the world’s leading, and most deadly, conditions, and that a third of women (28%) said they would be more likely to have a stroke as they grew older.

Andrea Cill, the Director Scotland at the Stroke Association said, “These results highlight there is still more to do to make women aware a stroke could happen to them. As women get older, their risk significantly increases and one in five women will have a stroke in their lifetime. Women have more strokes than men and there are a number of stroke risk factors unique to women, including pregnancy, birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy.”

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