Stroke Risk

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

About 800,000 strokes occur each year in the U.S. Men and women share a number of stroke risk factors but women also have a few that are unique. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about stroke risk in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Anyone can have a stroke no matter your age, race or gender. But the chances of having a stroke increase if a person has certain risk factors, or criteria that can cause a stroke.

Men traditionally have had a greater risk of stroke than women. And while some risk factors are the same for men and women, there are several that are unique to women. Risk factors that are the same for men and women include:

A family history of stroke

High blood pressure

High cholesterol

Smoking

Diabetes

Being overweight, and

Not exercising

Risks that are more unique to women include:

Taking birth control pills

Being pregnant. Stroke risk increases during pregnancy due to natural

changes in the body such as increased blood pressure and workload on the heart

Using hormone replacement therapy to relieve menopausal symptoms

Being post-menopausal with a thick waist and high triglyceride level

increases stroke risk five-fold, and

Having migraine headaches. Migraines can increase a womans stroke

risk three to six times. For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.